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Mourinho queries English refereeing standards

February 23, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made a surprise appearance on a British soccer television show on Sunday, to query the standard of refereeing he has seen this season.

Mourinho, whose side drew 1-1 at home to Burnley on Saturday, was frustrated that referee Martin Atkinson sent off Nemanja Matic in the game for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker’s aggressive challenge on him.

The Chelsea boss was furious with Barnes’ tackle insisting “the consequence for Matic could be end of career” if Barnes had made stronger contact with the Blues midfielder.

“Another club would have the power to appeal Matic’s red card,” added Mourinho who expects to be without the Serbian for the League Cup final against Tottenham next weekend.

Mourinho said that referee Atkinson “told me he didn’t have the chance to see it on TV.”

He also expressed his disappointment at a number of penalty decisions that have gone against his side this season and called for extra technology to be introduced “to protect the integrity of the referee.”

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