Mourinho: Poor refereeing decisions may force Hazard to leave
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fears Eden Hazard will be forced out of the English game by roughhouse tactics following Chelsea's 5-3 drubbing against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday (Jan 1)
After recording their second defeat this season, the Portuguese said: "People in love with football in this country, people must be in love with Eden Hazard.
"The way match to match he’s being punished by opponents and not protected by referees, maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard.
"It’s one, two, three, four, five and 10 aggressive fouls against him. They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists. He’s a very honest guy in the way he plays, but that’s another problem."
Chelsea, who at one point looked to be running away with the Premier League title having held an eight-point advantage, have now been pegged back by second placed Manchester City who beat Sunderland 3-2.
The champions and Chelsea are level on goal difference and goals scored, so the Blues are top only on alphabetical order
Source: Mail Online, AFP