José Mourinho: referees should be able to work with more freedom

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José Mourinho has again aired his frustration at the perceived injustices he says complicate his task at Chelsea. Speaking for the first time since being charged by the Football Association with improper conduct over comments he made about a “campaign” against Chelsea in the wake of December’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, he made one thing clear: he is keen to get across the idea that his team is hard done by.

Mourinho stressed that referees in England are “good honest people who want to do the best they can” and said the standard of officiating in the Premier League is generally higher than in other countries in which he has worked, yet he lamented the number of wrong decisions from which his team have suffered this season and wondered about the influence of the media and rival managers. He also alluded to double standards applied by disciplinary bodies.

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