Mourinho blasts FA charge and claims he is singled out for abuse by football authorities

By David Kent

Jose Mourinho has claimed he is singled out for harsher treatment than other Premier League managers after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

Mourinho was punished this week in relation to his dismissal by referee Chris Foy towards the end of last Saturday’s controversial loss at Aston Villa while his opposite number Paul Lambert escaped sanction.

Chelsea will hope to return to winning ways against Arsenal in the week that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reaches 1,000 games in charge of the club, and Mourinho will be on the touchline for the encounter.

Marching orders: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was sent off during the defeat against Aston Villa

Marching orders: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was sent off during the defeat against Aston Villa

Punished: Mourinho was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for the incident

Punished: Mourinho was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for the incident

Double standards: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert also encroached on the pitch but escaped punishment

Double standards: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert also encroached on the pitch but escaped punishment

 

But he insists he is treated differently to his contemporaries by football's governing bodies and has hit out at the FA's decision to charge him.

'Look, you see the charges from the last match, and you see that I’m different than anyone else,' Mourinho said.

'In the eyes of people, I am different. That, I think, is obvious.

'It’s obvious there’s a measure for some, there is a measure for me.

'There is a way where I can feel the differences, all the time.'

Fighting back: Mourinho will contest the FA's charge but could be hit with a large fine for doing so

Fighting back: Mourinho will contest the FA's charge but could be hit with a large fine for doing so

Incident: Mourinho and Lambert sprung into life following Ramires' horror challenge on Karim El Ahmadi

Incident: Mourinho and Lambert sprung into life following Ramires' horror challenge on Karim El Ahmadi

The Portuguese will contest the charge, which could see him hit with a £10,000 fine.

He said: 'It can be £1. It’s the principle.'

Mourinho, who has never lost in 10 previous matches with Wenger and in 75 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, stopped short of a glowing tribute to the Arsenal boss on the eve of his landmark game.

'There are many ways of paying tribute,' Mourinho said.

'For me to pay tribute is to say that he’s in a position where everybody would like to be.

'I love my career and the experiences I’ve had in my career, but he’s in a position where everybody would love to be.'

The renewal of hostilities has coincided with an Arsenal renaissance - they are FA Cup favourites after reaching the semi-finals - and Mourinho believes Wenger’s men are performing well this term.

'This season they are better than last season,' he said.

'Last season, in this moment, they were struggling to finish top four. This season they are safe in a top-four position and in condition to fight for the title.'

Grumpy: Ahead of the game against Arsenal, Mourinho has claimed he is singled out for harsh treatment

Grumpy: Ahead of the game against Arsenal, Mourinho has claimed he is singled out for harsh treatment

Special one: The Chelsea boss says he can feel the differences in the way he is treated all the time

Special one: The Chelsea boss says he can feel the differences in the way he is treated all the time

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He is the special one. Look at the score chelsea 6 assenal 0

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Blah blah blah

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There is a crisis, when those who have power misuse it and that is what is happening in the FA. The disciplinary process is being abused by the faceless inquisitors who selectively use it to demonstrate their power. If Dyke does nothing else he must clean up the process and make sure it is fair and transparent, so as fans, players and clubs can respect it because at the moment it is a kangaroo court rubber stamping bad decisions and wrongly punishing those who dare to question the referees or the system. We can waste our time bitching at the managers and players of our rivals but in the end all clubs and teams suffer from this awful system and will continue to, until it is purged

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He abuses everybody else though? Don't give it if you can't take it

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A note to all Chelsea fans. Roman is on the next list for Russians to have their assets frozen.

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He is not treated differently to other managers, he acts differently compared to other managers. Whereever he has been, his teams have showed incredible lack of discipline and unacceptable behaviour. Him and his players constantly harass the refferees, sourrounding them when a decision doesnt go their way. They did that at Real madrid, Inter and now chelsea players are doing the same. He is constantly in the 4th officials ear and leaves games before the final whistle. He just has an utter lack of respect for everyone and think he's above the rules and then complaines when he gets punished. Now, all managers complain about the ref and to the 4th official, but he does it on a whole different level than everyone else. He is a world calss manager, but they way he conducts himself is disgusting

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all this man dose is moan and moan. just boring. he used to be fun but now beyond boring.

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Mourinho has talked so much rubbish, some of it quite nasty, that no one wants to listen to him even when he might be right. Not a Chelsea fan, but I used to enjoy his outrageous character and over-the-top arrogance during his first spell at Chelsea, but this time around he's just plain dour and nasty. Truthfully, I lost all respect for him after that eye-poking incident. I wish he would just shut it for a while.

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Jose, you are the best at drawing attention to yourself. You are doing a great job ensuring headlines for the EPL. Let's just hop that no none is taking your seriously.

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How about because you have a big mouth and you don't know when to keep it shut

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