English Premiership

Jose outraged by Cesc red

2015-05-19 07:59
Cesc Fabregas (AFP)

West Bromwich - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expressed his frustration after Cesc Fabregas was sent off in bizarre fashion as the champions were defeated 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

The Spanish midfielder is set to miss the first two matches of next season plus the final game of this campaign at home to Sunderland on Sunday following his first half dismissal after he kicked the ball against Chris Brunt.

Mourinho felt that a more experienced referee than Mike Jones would have resolved the situation with a mere lecture after tempers flared following a Diego Costa and Gareth McAuley off the ball coming together 29 minutes into the action at the Hawthorns.

"I've not seen a sending off like that," said Mourinho.

"I would like to see it again. What is this for a sending off? Where is the danger of the situation to get a red card in a friendly game almost?

"I don't understand. Darren Fletcher was aggressive yes, he pushed in the chest. He's experienced. It was much more aggressive than what Fabregas did.

"A top referee with big personality has a few words and controls the game. It's a bizarre red card.

"Three game ban for this? Jesus Christ. Of course it's harsh. We lose all the time (when we appeal) but I've not spoken to him.

"Diego Costa was targeted, of course. But it's the same story.

"It depends on the referee. If the referee wants to protect the talent and punish the bully it is easy for him.

"Congratulations to West Brom for the season and this three points. And let's go home."

Mourinho felt this first defeat in 19 matches was the net result of claiming the title three games ago as Saido Berahino scored on nine minutes and added a penalty two minutes after the break before Brunt scored a third on the hour.

"The ideal scenario is to be champions and don't play again, go home and have holidays," he said.

"When you have three more matches it can happen with Bayern Munich three defeats in three and we claim one point in two.

"When you play since August with motivation and commitment and feeling the pressure, when you are champions you breathe and everything changes.

"It is difficult to play. Let's blame the players a bit, myself and the top contenders for the title as they were not good enough to fight with us. This is a consequence of being champions so early."

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