Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho BLASTS the FA for lack of action over Arsene Wenger shove
He just won’t stop at anything to nail Wenger, will he?
Mourinho has refused to move on from the unfortunate incident which occurred between him and Arsene Wenger 20 minutes into the Chelsea-Arsenal League game on October 5th, by accusing the FA of misjudgment.
The Chelsea boss believes the FA have deliberately decided against inflicting any sanctions on Wenger not because of any assertion of the innocence of his act but because of reputation, saying he’d have been handed a stadium ban if he had been the ‘guilty’ party.
You may recall that Wenger attempted to get through the Chelsea technical area to one of his players, Alexis Sanchez, who had been agriculturally hacked to the ground by Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, an intention which is to be expected for every football manager moreso he whose team is renowned for an uneviable injury record.
Mourinho offered an unpleasant resistance to Wenger, his claim being he thought his mission was to influence the referee’s card decision. it resulted in a little push and shove which almost saw Mourinho land on the ground save for fourth official, Neil Swarbrick’s intervention. Since the incident had been properly attended to during the match by Referee Martin Atkinson with nothing more than a warning to both parties, you kind of wonder if Mourinho isn’t now doing what he apparently accused Wenger of attempting to do then.
Which boils down to the fact of who Mourinho is – a perennial attention-seeking trouble maker.
Tensions of past comments between the two mean that there’ll always be words thrown around when there’s something to bind Chelsea and Arsenal. Mourinho’s unguarded and immature comments about Wenger over the years have always been overlooked in the pretense of mind-game; a good number of them would have seen Mourinho arraigned before some legal system if Wenger had chosen to institute the process. But his understanding that this job would sometimes involve over-the-top remarks saw him wave it as one of the ghetto sides of living in a palace. In this particular situation, Wenger has duely apologised for his actions, accepting culpability. So why can’t Mou just move on?
The guilty part of him, perhaps, won’t let him forgive guilt easily.
As he readies him team for their encounter at Selhurst Park this afternoon, he probably still remembers threatening a ball boy due to the frustration of his side being on the losing side in that game last season and hoping the lad would have forgotten about it. His ego still hurts that Paul Lambert declined to indulge his ‘person’ by refusing to accept his premature post-match handshakes, but would comfortably call Roy Keane a desperate vendor. He probably still regrets the comments on Samuel Eto’o’s age but will be glad he could get off with it by blasting the TV station for revealing it.
Such is the nature of the man Mourinho. There’s always a way to get away with a wrong doing, whether he provided the provocation or not. He’s not content with an on-field record of wins over Wenger, he wants to nail off it too. Maybe he has an eye on Wenger’s gold trophy of 2004, maybe he realises that despite all his successes, Wenger is still more respected in England than himself. It’s probably eating him inside and he won’t stop at anything to see him clamped down.
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