Mourinho adamant ‘Chelsea campaign’ influencing referees

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is adamant a ‘campaign’ against Chelsea is now starting to influence referees on match day, Sky Sports is reporting.

The Portuguese thought there was a clear foul on Cesc Fabregas when Southampton youngster Matthew Targett tripped the Spaniard inside the box with the game at 1-1 – only for the referee to book the Chelsea man for diving.

The Blues were unable to find a winner and despite Mourinho’s happiness with the performance, was incensed with the referee’s decision.

In particular he highlighted incidents where Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic had been accused of diving in recent games, along with a caution for simulation to Diego Costa, as part of a ‘clear campaign’ against his side.

He said: “That’s a campaign, that’s a clear campaign. People, pundits, commentators, coaches from other teams – they react with Chelsea in a way they don’t react to other teams.

“They put lots of pressure on the referee and the referee makes a mistake like this. We lose two points, Fabregas earns a yellow card.”

Clearly upset Mouriho directed criticism at opposing managers such as Sam Allardyce – who singled out Ivanovic after the game for simulation during West Ham’s Boxing Day defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have had four players cautioned for diving this season so far, starting with their very first game at Burnley even though there was clear contact on Costa as he was brought down by the keeper.

He added: “Starting day one at Burnley. It was a penalty at Burnley and the referee gives a yellow card to Diego Costa. That I can’t understand.

“Can you understand why a coach after the game says Chelsea players are diving? Match after match they are saying the same. And the other opponents are the ones who are getting the penalties that decide matches and results.”

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