Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has questioned Premier League referees after summer signing Diego Costa received his seventh booking of the season against Hull City on Saturday, Mirror reports.
The Blues ace managed to end his mini-goal drought this past weekend, but picked up another yellow card after referee Chris Foy adjudged Costa to have dived in the 58th minute.
And Mourinho is bewildered by Costa’as consistency in getting booked, as he believes only two out of the seven incidents warranted a yellow card.
“I think when Costa was at Atletico Madrid he created a certain image, and people don’t believe he can change,” he said.
“People don’t believe in the way that we teach him what England is – the mentality, what people accept, what people don’t accept, what is a red card. People don’t understand that he is intelligent enough to understand it. And to change – because he has changed.”
“I remember two that are understandable and fair.
“One was against Newcastle – because he complained with the referee with arms in the air in body language that was not acceptable normally by the referees. And Atkinson gave him the yellow card. And the other one in Liverpool, when there was a really aggressive duel with Skrtel – you know, fighting in a yellow-card way.
“All the others… the first one at Burnley is a penalty and a red card for the keeper and he [Costa] gets a yellow card – other times it is not a simulation, and they give him a yellow card.
“Other times, he touches one guy, and it is a yellow card. Everything he does is a yellow card.
“So he does nothing for a red card – he does nothing, really.
“The normal situation would be now to be on the second, maximum third, yellow card. But seven yellow cards – it looks like everybody comes ready for him. Which I don’t understand.”
Chelsea travel to the Britannia to face Stoke City in their next Premier League clash next weekend.