Mourinho in Uefa conspiracy claims
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he and his teams are the victims of a conspiracy conducted by European football’s governing body Uefa.
The Portuguese was speaking after his side lost the European Super Cup final on penalties to Bayern Munich, a match which saw midfielder Ramires dismissed near the end of normal time for a second bookable offence.
Despite being down to 10 men, Chelsea took the lead in extra-time through Eden Hazard before Javi Martinez equalised for the European champions with the last kick of the game.
Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer saved the English side’s final spot-kick , taken by substitute Romelu Lukaku, to give the Germans victory.
“People who earn their living in football always feel there’s a very important rule: the passion for football,” Mourinho said. “If you are in love with football, you don’t kill a final with a second yellow card like this. You don’t kill the final.
“There were many other yellow cards that the referee didn’t give. There was a situation with Dante in front of me, with his first yellow card, and it was not given.
“A good English referee would have stopped the game and told Ramires: ‘Look, you’ve not hurt anyone but you mustn’t do that again.’ Or tell the Bayern players: ‘Don’t dive. Don’t try and provoke. Play a fair game.’ If you ask me in pure terms, rule by rule, yes it was a second yellow card. But you don’t do this every action in that way. But it’s nothing new for me.
“I played two or three times with 10 men against Barça. I went to Inter and played a Champions League semi-final, one hour, with 10 men against Barcelona. I go to Real Madrid, I played again a Champions League semi-final with 10 men.
“Now I come back to Chelsea and played a Super Cup final with 10 men again, and go to analyse the actions and make your conclusions. I’m unlucky. Just that.”
Replays showed that the Brazilian was probably lucky not to receive a straight red card for what was a dangerous challenge.