Mourinho questions Van Persie elbow

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Published: Tuesday 10th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Jose Mourinho believes had a Chelsea player used his elbow in the same way Robin van Persie did at West Ham last Sunday he would have been banned.

The Chelsea boss was fined £25,000 last month for saying there was a “clear campaign” against Chelsea on the day Diego Costa was charged for treading on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

Striker Costa was banned for three matches and serves the final game of his suspension when the Premier League leaders play Everton on Wednesday night.

Mourinho’s mood has lightened since opting out of media duties surrounding the draw with Manchester City on January 31 and that he was happy in last Friday’s return in front of the cameras.

But the Blues boss suggested he still thinks the Football Association’s disciplinary department is not being consistent.

“I was in a good mood the other day,” Mourinho said.

“I needed a little bit more time to forget why my player (Costa) was suspended.

“I need a little bit more time to understand why some people are punished, others aren’t. I need a little bit of time to process that.

“The same people (the FA) that suspended my player didn’t want to suspend a player this weekend. This weekend he could.”

When asked which player he was referring to, Mourinho gestured with an elbow in a clear reference to Van Persie’s challenge on James Tomkins.

“I know that if it was one of mine, I know,” Mourinho added.

“Last season happened the same thing, when Ramires was suspended.

“It was exactly the same thing. And one week later a Manchester City player kicked a player on the floor at Norwich and nothing happened.”

That was a reference to Yaya Toure’s challenge on Ricky van Wolswinkel, which went unpunished.

Mourinho refused to comment on the fact Leicester boss Nigel Pearson avoided sanction for appearing to grab Crystal Palace’s James McArthur by the throat.

“I have only thoughts about myself,” Mourinho said.

Asked if he would have been charged had he done what Pearson did, Mourinho said: “No comments. You know.”

Published: Tuesday 10th February 2015 by The News Editor

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