Chelsea played out a goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine on the night of Tuesday, October 20, 2015. After the game, the Blues boss Jose Mourinho criticized the Slovenian referee Damir Skomina for not awarding the visitors a penalty when Cesc Fabregas was fouled in the penalty box during the first half of the game.
Borrowing a leaf from Arsene Wenger, Mourinho labelled the referee “weak and naive”.
“The referee was weak and naive. Big penalty. When the result is zero-zero and such a penalty is not given it’s a crucial moment of the game.
“We hit the post twice, we had a great occasion by Matic, (we had a) solid defensive performance against a dangerous team. To lose this game would have been really bad for us.
“A good solid performance, second clean sheet, everybdoy fighting for each other. Once more a game without luck, because with a bit of luck you win this game.
“It’s okay. We have the destiny in our hands. We play two matches at home and one in Israel. So the qualification depends on us.”
You will recall that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger once labelled English referee Mike Dean ‘weak and naive’ but got away unpunished by the English FA.
Little wonder, Mourinho chose to use the same phrase while hoping UEFA doesn’t punish him for his post-match rant. If he gets punished, he definitely has a ready-made response to that.
During the launch of his new book on Thursday, October 15, 2015 Mourinho questioned the double standards of the English FA after he was fined £50,000 for accusing referees of being ‘afraid’ to give decisions in Chelsea’s favour.
“It’s difficult for me to understand when I compare different people with similar behaviours, with different words or with similar words.
“But the word ‘afraid’ is a punishment, and a hard punishment. But to say the referee was ‘weak and naive’, referring to one of the top referees in this country and in Europe, we can do. There is something that, now, we know. We can push people in the technical area.
“The only good thing of this last decision by the FA is that every manager in this country can write in a little book and, when he goes to the press conference, he knows that ‘afraid’ costs £50,000. ‘Weak and naive’, you can use. More important is a word than aggression. So now we know. That’s the only reason I can still walk in London without an electronic tag,” he explained during the launch.