Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has criticised referees’ chief Mike Riley for ringing West Bromwich Albion for apology over the controversial penalty awarded his side the last time out.
Mourinho believes Riley’s actions after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on November 9 may set a bad example.
The Baggies were moments away from victory when referee Andre Marriner awarded Chelsea a penalty from which a first home league defeat to Mourinho’s ‘Blues’ in as many matches was averted.
“I am curious to know if people see that as a normal situation, if now on it is going to be the same for everybody,” said Mourinho.
“Nobody called me to apologise that it wasn’t a free-kick against West Brom for their second goal, or for a penalty against Everton.”
Mourinho’s response came after Albion coach Steve Clark revealed Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB) head Riley had phoned the club to apologise for Marriner’s controversial decision following Steven Reid’s challenge on Ramires.
West Brom sent a letter to the Premier League and referees’ body highlighting four penalty decisions that had gone against them in the opening 11 games of the season.
“At least now the referees know, they know one thing,” Mourinho continued. “If, in a controversial- I’m not saying a mistake- decision that hypothetically- and, I repeat, hypothetically- favours Chelsea, they know they are going to be publicly exposed by their boss. That they know.
“They can make hypothetically, mistakes, favouring other teams, nothing happens.
“I am curious to know if Steve Bruce got a phone call, if Chris Hughton got a phone call, if Michael Laudrup got a phone call.
“For referees, if, hypothetically, they make a mistake, they are publically exposed by their own boss.
“I’m curious to know if it was just an isolated phone call. I’m curious to know if people see that as a normal situation.
“I’m interested to know if this is the start, that from now on it’s going to be the same for everybody.”