Jose Mourinho says the FA have sent out a message that “retaliation is allowed now” after rescinding Arsenal defender Gabriel’s three-match ban.
The FA overturned Gabriel’s three-match suspension for kicking out at Chelsea striker Diego Costa during their clash on Saturday afternoon, with the punishment reverting to the Spaniard for his part instead.
Chelsea went on to win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and with managerial rival Wenger stating his continued disapproval despite the retrospective punishments, Mourinho was also critical of the FA’s decision.
“I don’t want to speak, but now we know something which is that retaliation is allowed now,” said Mourinho after Chelsea beat Walsall 4-1 in the Capital One Cup. “You can do it.”
Arsenal had actually used an instance involving Chelsea from last season when stating their case over Gabriel, pointing to the fact that midfielder Nemanja Matic had a three-game suspension shortened by one after he reacted to a dangerous tackle from Burnley striker Ashley Barnes.
But Mourinho added: “You cannot compare a leg almost broken with a mens’ discussion, you cannot compare that with a leg almost broken. That’s what it was, a mens’ discussion.”
After commenting for a couple of minutes, the Portuguese went on to say: “I don’t comment because if I bring examples and go deep and bring feelings into the discussion, a big suspension will be waiting and I don’t want that.
“The team doesn’t need that. We lost an important player for three matches and we don’t need to lose the manager. So I prefer to keep calm and quiet.
“I don’t know if the squad can cope. Every time you lose a player it’s not good for the team and easier to accept an injury. An injury is part of the game and we have to be mentally ready. But this kind of situation goes much more deeply and the team is hurting, obviously.
“I don’t play, score, goals, tackle, recover balls for my team, but on the bench my communication is positive and after losing a player I don’t want the team to lose a manager as well. I prefer to be quiet.”
Mourinho was speaking after Chelsea eased into the Capital One Cup fourth round with victory over League One Walsall. Stoke await in the next round after goals from Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy and Pedro.
“We were not here to throw away a competition. When you start the season with bad results like we did you cannot lose against a League One team.
“To lose a game against a League One team now would not be good for us. We don’t need that bad feeling now. We need good feelings.
“The team was strong, played well and I’m happy with the result.”