Mourinho claims referees and managers have “campaign” against Chelsea

Jose Mourinho vented his anger on the referee following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Southampton bright start was rewarded with a Sadio Mane goal in the 17th minute. This was cancelled out by a superb equaliser just on the stroke of half-time by Eden Hazard.

But the major talking point in the game was Anthony Taylor’s decision not to reward Cesc Fabregas a penalty after he appeared to be fouled by Matt Targett, and Mourinho was furious with the decision.

He said: “Everybody knows it was a penalty. The referee made a mistake, people make mistakes and he made a big mistake.

“He is a good referee and a good guy, he is young, he has years and years of football ahead of him but it is a big mistake.”

Fabregas echoed these sentiments saying: “There was definitely contact, the referee didn’t have the best game of his life and I don’t think he will sleep that well tonight, he had an awful game.”

Mane’s pace caused plenty of problems for Chelsea early on and it was not a surprise when he scored the opener.

Dusan Tadic played a wonderful through ball which the winger latched onto, before dinking the ball over Thibaut Courtois.

It looked as though Chelsea would go into the break behind but Hazard had other ideas. The Belgium ghosted past two defenders before curling the ball past Fraser Forster outstretched arm.

Mourinho praised the Saints performance, but launched a tirade against Sam Allardyce and other managers in what he believed to be a campaign against his team.

“Out of nothing, Allardyce starts speaking about Chelsea players diving, then another coach and another coach. The referee changes a penalty for a yellow card.

“[The] same happened with Diego Costa in the game against Burnley. That I can’t understand. The reality is there are penalties and penalties – this one was a huge one.

“Match after match coaches are telling Chelsea players are diving. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed.”

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