Jose Mourinho has criticised Cardiff City and the Football Association after he was charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during Chelsea’s Premier League win over the Welsh side on Saturday, the
Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor after taking his complaints over Cardiff’s perceived time wasting too far, with the FA citing Mourinho for his behaviour on Monday. But the manager did not repent when asked about the affair at Chelsea’s pre-match Champions League press conference – instead he pointed the finger at Cardiff.
“Even with space, he took 30 seconds. The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball, correct? They had almost half a minute,” Mourinho said. “That’s breaking the rules. We played our game, a difficult game, and we deserved to win.
“If I was in that game and I was paying for a ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took an average of 21.5 seconds. That is a waste of money. You pay for your ticket and every time the game stops you have to wait about half a minute?”
The game was notable for a controversial goal scored by Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, which came about when striker Samuel Eto’o knocked the ball away from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as the goalkeeper bounced the ball in the penalty area. Mourinho conceded that by the letter of the law Eto’o committed a foul, but praised the forward for his quick-thinking.
“Samuel did an intelligent action,” Mourinho said. “When I arrived home the first thing I told my kid who likes to play goalkeeper was, “See the goal and don’t do that, eh?” If FIFA says that it’s a foul, it’s a foul but Samuel did well. Maybe the referee did wrong. But in my opinion, that should be allowed as it was for years.”
Mourinho has until Thursday to answer the FA’s charge, and is expected to be given a fine rather than a touchline ban. Having been sent to the stands, Mourinho watched among supporters as Chelsea racked up a 4-1 victory with a Hazard double, Eto’o’s first goal for the club and an Oscar strike, cancelling out Jordon Mutch’s opener for Cardiff.
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