The FA have gone some way towards remedying the mistakes made by Mike Dean during our controversial 2-0 loss against Chelsea, with Gabriel Paulista’s ban lifted and Diego Costa given a retrospective three match ban for violent conduct, as reported by the BBC.
The same report reveals Jose Mourinho’s reaction to the FA’s decision, with the Blues boss outraged at the apparent precedent being set by the Football Association.
The former Real Madrid boss put on his usual act, claiming he didn’t want to talk about it for fear of getting banned himself, but then immediately talking about it and making his feelings known.
He clearly wasn’t happy about the decision, and suggested that a precedent had now been set. The contemptible Portuguese manager suggested retaliation was now “allowed” according to the FA, and sarcastically criticised their decision to reverse Gabriel’s ban.
“Now we know that retaliation is allowed. No problem, you can do it,” Mourinho said.
“If I bring feelings into the discussion a big suspension will be waiting for me and I don’t want that.
“The team lost an important player for three matches and I don’t think they need to lose their manager.
“It’s easier to accept an injury but this kind of situation goes much more deeper in feelings and the team is hurt.”
Mourinho is one of very few that oppose the FA’s decision, with many neutrals feeling justice has been done following a handful of decisions by Dean which effectively ruined the game.
Arsene Wenger claims that despite the FA reversing Dean’s decision and punishing Costa, only 5% of the damage has been repaired.
“It just shows that they decided after the game what should have happened during the game,” he said (via the BBC).
“They repair 5% of the damage which has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11.
“One or two situations in the game are very difficult to understand when you watch it again.”
He’s 100% right, as all three points have still gone to Chelsea rather than us. The West London side’s next three opponents may be grateful, but we aren’t going to be the ones who will benefit, and we’ve still missed the chance to gain ground on the league leaders.
Things haven’t exactly been going our way so far this season, and injuries and suspensions already seem to be conspiring against us. Our performances also haven’t been up to scratch though, and we need to be capable of dealing with petulant players like Diego Costa.
The Brazilian born Spaniard is thoroughly detestable, and really doesn’t belong anywhere near a football field. He lies, he cheats, he dives, and he does his utmost to get other players sent off. The Blues striker has no interest in playing the game fairly, and insists on stirring up trouble before running to the referee to whine about how unfairly he’s been treated.
He’d be better off competing in the Italian horse racing sport of Palio (the subject of James Gay-Rees’ new film, in cinemas September 25th – check out the trailer here), where the idea is to cheat as much as possible in order to win – whether that means paying off your opponents or giving fellow riders a sly boot on the way round.
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If there’s one player we at All Arsenal would love to see ejected from the Premier League to take up another sport, it’s Diego Costa. It would be fantastic if the odious striker were to never line up against us again, and if he can take Mourinho with him then all the better.