Mourinho reopens war of words with Wenger

Jose Mourinho reopened his war of words with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, claiming he would have been given a stadium ban had he pushed the Frenchman, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Arsenal boss was not punished for a push on Mourinho when Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 in October, and Mourinho has used this as further evidence in his quest to prove his side are unfairly treated by officials.

Mourinho reckons there are double standards when it comes to his side, and used an example of Stoke City having not been awarded a penalty against Manchester United for a handball on New Years Day, claiming there would be a ‘big noise’ if the same decision was made regarding Chelsea.

Mourinho said: “With Chelsea and with me the reactions are different. Do you think if I push a manager in the technical area that I don’t have a stadium ban? I have a stadium ban.

“So referees are not guilty, they want to do their best but clearly there are measures and there are ways of reacting and clearly with my club and in relation to myself there are different standards, it’s as simple as that and you know that.

“I’ll tell you a good example. Was it a penalty in the game Stoke versus Man United? The Smalling handball? Everybody thinks so. Did you see big noise around it? I didn’t.

“Would you think such a pen against Chelsea would have a reaction in the media and with managers in the same way after that reaction? I don’t think so.

“After that the reaction would be double or treble so obviously a referee needs to feel free, relaxed and with no pressure to do the best they can.”

Mourinho also took a swipe at Manchester City for their signing of Wilfried Bony for £28million, with the Premier League champions having previously been punished for breach of Financial Fair Play.

Mourinho added: “They can only play with 11, unless the rules for them are different and they can play with 12. It looks like the rules are different for them in certain aspects, but not this one.” When pressed which rule, Mourinho added: “You know what I mean.”