Jose Mourinho: Chelsea ‘hurt’ by Diego Costa ban after Arsenal win
Jose Mourinho reacts to the FA's decision to ban Diego Costa for three games after Chelsea's win over Arsenal
Jose Mourinho has accused the FA of “hurting” Chelsea with their decision to ban Diego Costa for three games in the wake of the win over Arsenal at the weekend.
The Spain striker was handed the suspension this week for violent conduct during the incident with Laurent Koscielny which led to Gabriel Paulista’s sending-off during the Blues’ 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Gabriel, meanwhile, had his red card rescinded by the FA this week as the Arsenal defender was let off the hook following his dismissal.
Mourinho expressed his dismay at the decision after Chelsea’s League Cup win over Walsall on Wednesday night but held back on his comments for fear of being suspended himself.
“If I bring feelings into the discussion a big suspension will be waiting for me and I don’t want that,” Mourinho told his post-match news conference.
“The team lost an important player for three matches and I don’t think they need to lose their manager.
“It’s easier to accept an injury but this kind of situation goes much more deeper in feelings and the team is hurt.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said of the FA: “It just shows that they decided after the game what should have happened during the game.
“They repair five per cent of the damage which has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11.
“One or two situations in the game are very difficult to understand when you watch it again.”
The FA have also charged Gabriel with improper conduct for failing to leave the pitch in a timely fashion after being sent off, and both clubs with failing to control their players.
They have until 18:00 BST on Thursday to reply to those charges.