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Mourinho accuses FA of double standards

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has accused the Football Association (FA) of double standards having not taken action against Robin van Persie for an elbow on James Tomkins.

The Blues boss remains without main striker Diego Costa for the final game of his three-match suspension against Everton on Wednesday (Feb 11)

Costa was banned for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can and has questioned why other players do not get the same treatment as his talisman.

Mourinho, who did not mention van Persie by name, raised the inconsistency of the governing body’s decision on Tuesday after the Manchester United forward did not receive a violent conduct charge for what West Ham defender Tomkins described as a "malicious" act.

Other incidents

Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick at Upton Park but failed to dish out any further disciplinary action following the elbow to Tomkins’ face in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

Mourinho also highlighted other incidents including Manchester City’s Yaya Toure against Norwich last season as well as his own player, Ramires, who was banned retrospectively for four games after an elbow on Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson.

Mourinho, who made an elbow gesture while he emphasised his point, said: "I need a little bit more time to forget why my player was suspended, to understand why some people are punished and others aren’t.

"I need a little bit more time to process that. I was with lots of attention this weekend.

"The same people (the FA) who suspended my player didn’t want to suspend a player this weekend, and a player could have been suspended this weekend and he wasn’t.

"I’m still processing that information.

Used to it

"Somebody who did this (makes the elbow gesture) in the face of somebody, and nothing happened. I know that if it was one of mine...

"Last season, the same thing happened when Ramires was suspended and a Man City player (Toure) kicked a player at Norwich who was on the floor and nothing happened. I’m used to it."

Mourinho also refused to comment on the news that Leicester manager Nigel Pearson escaped punishment for his touchline scuffle with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur where he grabbed the Scotsman by the throat.

Mourinho added: "I have only thoughts about myself, not about Nigel."

Asked if he had done the same thing, he said: "No comment. You know..."

Source: AFP

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