Jose Mourinho ‘congratulates’ referee at brief Chelsea media conference
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho briefly speaks to the media following a 2-1 loss to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge
Jose Mourinho congratulated match official Mike Dean and referee chief Mike Riley after a shock 2-1 loss to Sunderland.
The Portuguese coach was left fuming after Dean awarded the visitors with an 82nd-minute spot-kick after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Jozy Altidore.
I want to congratulate again, but this time it’s Mike Dean. His performance was unbelievable
Fabio Borini, who is on a season-long loan from leaders Liverpool, scored the winning penalty after Connor Wickham had cancelled out Samuel Eto’o’s opener.
And Mourinho, who has been refusing to speak to the media after being fined £80,000 for confronting Chris Foy at Villa Park, slammed Dean and Riley in his brief two-minute post-match media conference.
“In quick four points, I can say what I want to say,” Mourinho said.
“The first point is to congratulate my players. They did everything they could from the first to the last. They deserve that. Sometimes we praise the players when they won, I think it is fair to praise the players when they lose.
“It doesn’t matter, how why or which was they won, but they won the three points so congratulations to them,” he said.
“I want to congratulate again, but this time it’s Mike Dean. His performance was unbelievable. When referees have an unbelievable performance, it is fair also that as managers we give them this, so fantastic performance. He came with one objective, to make a fantastic performance and he did that.
“Congratulations to Mike Riley because he is the referees’ boss. What they have done all season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, especially with the teams involved in the title race. I also congratulate Mr Mike Riley.”