Jose Mourinho launches attack over Son Heung-min red card during loss to Chelsea
FOOTBALL By Mirror | December 23rd 2019
Jose Mourinho attacked Antonio Rudiger, referee Anthony Taylor and VAR after a humbling defeat to his former club Chelsea.
The Portuguese strongly condemned racism in football before launching a classic diversionary tactic over the second-half dismissal of Son Heung-Min,
And the Tottenham boss accused the German defender – who was the subject of alleged racist abuse – of play-acting to get the South Korean striker sent off.
"I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure,” Mourinho said sarcastically in his post-match TV interview.
And the Tottenham manager, whose side were already 0-2 down with 11 men after a shambolic first half, then repeated the claim in his post-match press conference.
"Rudiger is for sure is having scans in the hospital on broken ribs because it was a really violent situation,” he said.
“In some countries, like mine, for example with our culture we used to say clever player but in this country, and one of the reasons I fell in love with this country in 2004 it because we don't call them clever, we call them other things that I refuse to call.
"We were looking for a goal and instead of a goal comes a red card. Then the game obviously is easy for them to control with players technically good and one player more. Then it was more difficult.”
But Mourinho, who claimed to be the Humble One on his return to management at Tottenham last month, then broadened his attack to the referee and VAR.
“For me it’s not a red card. I think if we go to every person in this room, some would say yes and some would say no. That’s not the essence of the VAR. The VAR is for the penalty of the first half, a clear and obvious mistake.
“When you have the situation with Son and Rudiger it's not a clear and obvious mistake by the referee. The mistake from the referee in that action is not to give a yellow card to Rudiger, because of the way he fouls Son.
"That is the clear mistake. But the VAR didn't say that. Then the VAR goes to the Son situation which for me is not.
"So for me, really, really bad and basically kills the game.”
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