Jose Mourinho has spoken out against the double standards amongst referees after Jurgen Klopp’s touchline antics during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea went unpunished.
The German was seen shouting at the fourth official on several occasions during the draw with Antonio Conte’s men but didn’t receive any retribution for his conduct.
Mourinho, on the other hand, has received two touchline bans this season following touchline outbursts during games against Burnley and West Ham United.
And the 54-year-old, speaking after the game, was quick to point out the double standards amongst referees between the pair.
“I don’t want to speak much because I pay lots of fines,” he said.
“I pay more than others, much more than others. For example yesterday one manager was told by the fourth official ‘I love your emotion and because I love your emotion, no problem’.
“I was told today ‘sit down or you have to go to the stands’ and on the pitch a bit more of the same.
“They don’t like my emotion, but I think what is happening this season is not for me to speak about.”
You can almost picture it, can’t you? Mourinho, sitting there pensively in his hotel room, watching Klopp harass yet another fourth official and once again get away with it, fighting every urge to bury his fist into a glass coffee table.
On a more serious note, this differentiation when it comes to how referees act towards Klopp and Mourinho makes sense: the former projects an air of affability, a kind of really-hard-to-hate image, with no long history of run-ins with governing bodies; the latter, on the other hand, espouses a certain level of iciness, his mentality on the touchline well-known by the footballing world.
He may not like it, but Mourinho’s reputation with referees somewhat precedes him.