Chelsea shy on penalties

Chelsea have addressed the "abnormally low" number of penalties they have received this season in apparent support of Jose Mourinho’s complaints of a "clear campaign" against the Blues.

Mourinho was fined £25,000 (€34,000) for his comment in December’s draw at Southampton, when he felt Cesc Fabregas was denied a spot kick and the midfielder was instead booked for diving.

On Sunday against the Saints, Mourinho was asked if Chelsea would be awarded another penalty this term. “It’s a question,” Mourinho said.

The response came after Mourinho had felt Nemanja Matic was harshly penalised in Southampton being awarded a penalty, while Branislav Ivanovic was denied a spot kick.

Chelsea’s website yesterday wrote an article about the Blues receiving just two Premier League penalties this season after 28 games.

The article makes comparisons with recent seasons, including seven awarded to the Blues last term, when they finished third, and 12 in the 2009-10 season, the last time they were champions.


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