Mourinho games a ‘poisoned chalice,’ says former ref

Date published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 10:20

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been branded a “very unhappy person” who uses officials as a “scapegoat” by former referee Keith Hackett.

Mourinho faces yet another FA charge for his behaviour this season, this time allegedly refusing to leave referee Jon Moss’ room at half-time in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.

Reports claim that Mourinho could lose his job over his latest outburst, with the Daily Mail claiming Mourinho was heard telling Moss: “Wenger was right, you are f***ing soft,” amid a ‘stream of insults’.

Former general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board Hackett has now laid into Mourinho, claiming he is ‘tarnishing’ the image of the Premier League with his antics.

“Moss was appointed to what appears to be a poisoned chalice when it comes to officiating Chelsea – not the easiest team to control,” Hackett told You Are The Ref. “For a number of years with Jose Mourinho in charge, Chelsea have been a difficult team to referee.

“Sadly the image of the Premier League is being tarnished by the actions of Mourinho. He appears to be one very unhappy person who is using referees as a scapegoat for the poor performances of his team.

“The public spats involving the manager need to be dealt with immediately in a face-to-face meeting. It’s my firm belief that there needs to be an urgent summit meeting between Jose Mourinho, Bruce Buck the chairman of Chelsea, Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, and Mike Riley, general manager of PGMOL.”

The Mail report that Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine for comments made after the 3-1 defeat to Southampton earlier this month, is in danger of a touchline ban or further fine or, the most severe punishment, his suspended one-match stadium ban could be brought into action. Neil Ashton’s piece also claims the FA could recommend, or even instruct, Mourinho to ‘take an anger management course’.

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