I very rarely worry about what other clubs do or don’t do as I always feel that the governing bodies will step in and keep them all in-line. Just recently I have been unimpressed with how these so called governing bodies have handled Chelsea football club’s Manager and his rantings about referees and their assistants.
Jose Mourinho has made statements about how he feels that the FA has a vendetta against Chelsea fc. He has openly suggested that referees have banded together especially to foil Chelsea’s progress. After a recent bad loss, in an after match interview, Mourinho went on non stop for seven minutes ranting about referee incompetence and how the referee had it in for them. He felt that the referee hadn’t ruled in favour of what he considered a blatant penalty for his team.
Now I feel its only fair to explain, that Chelsea’s start to the season has been the worst they have had in the Abramovitch era. The amount of money that has been injected into the club to build Chelsea into a fighting force to be reckoned with is disgustingly huge. Many managers have come and gone, not many have been allowed to stay if they don’t bring in the expected results that their very rich owner expects.
Mr Abramovitch, has characteristics similar to our own Mr Stan Kroenke, where he seems silent to the media, almost as though they are mute. I am sure both these owners are anything but inside their clubs, but on the field of play they both have their appointed spokesman for their respected clubs, speaking on behalf of their views. Abramovitch has not so far condemned Mourinho.
Reports I have read suggest that fining a manager like Mourinho, who is a multi millionaire, is pointless as the amount of a fine means very little to a man who feels he is above all of them anyway. He has so far been handed a £50,000 fine and a one match suspended ban for his conduct whereas I remember during a match against Man U, Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands and was made to stand amongst opposition supporters which caused him great embarrassment.
A few seasons ago during a Champion’s League match Arsene Wenger upset the referee with words in the tunnel at half time, not in front of the media, down the tunnel out of view. This resulted in Mr Wenger being banned for the next 3 games from the dugout. Mr Wenger followed the instructions but was seen in the stands to be giving instructions on his phone, now that of course could have been a non related phone call, but was seen as coaching from the stands which was not allowed, so he was administered another games ban. Arsenal was knocked out of the competition, before the ban was over, but was still in force for the next seasons completely different competition, so he still had to see his first game relegated to the stands.
Bringing the game into disrepute needs to be dealt with, although I agreed with Wenger’s discontent at the time. It is understood that to show dissent to officials, even out of the glare of the public eye should still be punished. So why is Mourinho who has ranted in full view of the public and even after calming down he still rants that officials are incompetent and not worthy of officiating a Chelsea game given such light treatment by the FA?
The rules of football are clear. Managers whoever they are, rich or poor, should be treated equal but that appears not to be happening and I am furious that this is going away without punishment. Mourinho is struggling, of that there is no doubt, he blames medics, players, supporters, the FA, you name it he blames them and its time the cretin looked at himself. He needs to be brought in line and to stop trying to divert attention away from himself by blaming others and naming the perceived faults of Arsene Wenger.
He needs to take some responsibility for his own actions and the actions of his players and stop hiding behind his ‘special one’ status, for he is really just an arrogant man. Will it happen?
Written by Steve Palmer