Mourinho claimed he could not answer questions on the three-match ban for violent conduct that has been imposed retrospectively on the striker Diego Costa in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, for fear of incurring a touchline suspension.
Eurosport columnist Miguel Delaney was tweeting from Friday’s press conference which featured Mourinho’s latest verbal attack on Wenger, who refused to shake hands with the Portuguese manager after their meeting in the Community Shield at Wembley last month.
“Manuel Pellegrini, Brendan Rodgers, Steve McClaren”.
‘I have sympathy with all of them, because it’s a hard job.
He appeared to take the opportunity to wade into Wenger but, when asked if he meant the Arsenal manager, declined to name the Frenchman, a long-time adversary. I don’t comment because in the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referee before and after the game and others cannot. He cannot achieve, keep the job, still be king. “It’s a privilege”.
“I said to you after the game that Gabriel should not have responded at all and I maintain that and I told him that, but when I saw it again, he did not do a lot, honestly”.
“I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench”.
“In the rules book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games”.
‘So I think they should replay the game when it’s been shown there was an obvious refereeing mistake that decided the result’.
Mourinho continued to vent his anger by suggesting he is on an “imaginary list” of bosses who are not allowed to discuss referees decisions, unlike his counterpart. Wenger said after the game that the Spaniard deserved the red card and urged the FA to investigate him.
When asked who he was referring to, Mourinho explained: “You know”.
However, that solution is easier said than done, and ultimately there will be numerous decisions during the remainder of the season that will split opinion and call for retrospective action.
Mourinho will be without Costa for the visit to Newcastle, with either Radamel Falcao or former Newcastle striker Loic Remy set to lead the line.
While blasting Wenger for his role in the eventual ban of his player, Mourinho went berserk in his explanation.
I like Costa as a player.
“We know that one can speak”, he argued. But Newcastle United is playing great teams, and they will need to wake up and face that reality. “There is no more motivation for him to score against Newcastle than Walsall“.