No divers at Chelsea, insists Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted there are no divers in his squad, despite seeing a player booked for simulation for the second successive game, ESPN has reported.

Ramires was shown a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Championship side Derby County, a week after Oscar was booked by Martin Atkinson in the 3-0 Premier League victory at Southampton for the same offence.

Mourinho however attempted to make a distinction between a one-off incident of a player being shown a yellow card for going down too easily or when there was no contact, and a pattern of diving that, he claims, can be seen in some opposition players. “I maintain there are no divers at Chelsea,” he said.

The reason we have had two yellow cards for diving is the referees are very good and at other clubs, where there are really divers, they’re not booked.

These are isolated episodes, with the referees attacking it and the managers supporting them,” the Portuguese continued. “There’s a big difference between being booked for diving and being a diver. If you want to look at players who are doing that every weekend it’s very easy. Sit in front of the TV.

Chelsea confirmed safe passage through to the next round of the FA Cup with goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar, and will meet Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in the next stage.

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