Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho blamed four key moments as Chelsea dropped two points at home to Burnley, who earned a surprise 1-1 draw, BBC
He refused to discuss the incidents individually and criticise the officials, in order to avoid being charged by the Football Association, but said: “There are four moments of the game where you can write the story. Minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. Don’t ask me more questions. I can’t go through the incidents. I am punished when I refer to them.”
After Branislav Ivanovic had capitalised on poor Burnley defending to stroke the Premier League leaders in front on 14 minutes, he was taken out by Ashley Barnes’ high challenge in the first of the incidents that Mourinho highlighted. Barnes went unpunished.
The next two were both penalty shouts, with handball claims against Michael Kightly waved away by referee Martin Atkinson as well as Jason Shackell’s challenge on Diego Costa, a decision which sparked ironic laughter from Mourinho in the home dugout.
The game’s key incident came in the 69th minute as Nemanja Matic was sent off for his angry reaction after being the victim of a sickening lunge from Barnes, who again went unpunished. The Clarets then went on to claim a share of the points through Ben Mee’s header.
Speaking about the dismissal of Matic, who will now miss the Capital One Cup final, Mourinho added: “What happened to Matic was in minute 69 and minute 69 had a big relationship with minute 30 because normally that player, if I can call him a player, should have been in the shower in minute 31. There wouldn’t have been a minute 69 if the person in charge had dealt with minute 30 properly.”
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