Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: English ref wouldn’t have sent off Ramires

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Jose Mourinho believes Ramires wouldn’t have received his marching orders if an English referee had been in charge of Uefa Super Cup final.

The west London side had taken an early lead through struggling Spanish forward Fernando Torres before Bayern Munich’s talisman Franck Ribery equalised shortly after half-time with a superb solo effort.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires, who had been booked earlier in the Prague showpiece, received his marching orders following a foul on Bayern substitute Mario Götze with eight minutes of normal time remaining.

The Blues did take the lead in extra-time through Eden Hazard but Bayern’s Javi Martínez levelled in the dying moments of the Super Cup before Manuel Neuer saved Romelu Lukaku’s decisive spot-kick in the penalty shootout.

“There were many other yellow cards during the match that the referee should have given,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference.

“Dante, it was his first yellow card, but he was not given it.

Mourinho continued: “With a good English referee, he stops the game and tells Ramires, ‘You didn’t hurt anyone but you could have’. He tells the Bayern players, ‘Don’t dive and don’t try to provocate players’, it would be 11 v 11.

“If you ask me in pure terms, yes it was a yellow card. But you never do this in every action of the game.

“As I was saying, it is what it is, it’s nothing new for me.

“Because I was in Chelsea and I played two or three times with 10 men against Barcelona.

“I went to Inter and played with 10 men for an hour against Barcelona. I go to Real Madrid, I played again a Champions League semi-final with 10 men.

“I go back to Chelsea and I played a Super Cup final again with 10 men.

“Analyse the actions and make your conclusions.”

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