Jose bemoans ‘campaign against Chelsea’

Jose Mourinho insisted referee Anthony Taylor got it all wrong when he booked Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas for diving during the 1-1 draw at Southampton rather than awarding a penalty

Fabregas became the latest Chelsea player to be yellow-carded for alleged simulation this season, but replays showed the Spaniard was tripped in the penalty area.

Branislav Ivanovic came in for criticism against West Ham on Boxing Day and against Hull earlier this month Diego Costa, Willian and Gary Cahill were also accused of diving.

And Blues boss Mourinho suggested his team are being unfairly targeted.

“I think clearly it’s the result of something that looks like a campaign,” he said.

“My view is the view of everybody. There are situations in matches where we can have different opinions but there are others where everybody has the same opinion.

“You don’t need to speak about it because everybody knows. The referee made a big mistake.

“He is a very good referee and a good guy. He has years of football ahead of him but it’s a big mistake.

“We’ve had bad yellow cards [for alleged simulation]. Is there a campaign against Chelsea? Yes. In the last couple of weeks, Filipe Luis and Eden Hazard could be now with broken legs.

“These are the most crucial things in last couple of weeks and you are talking to me about simulation.”

Mourinho added: “You have a penalty and probably win the game, but you don’t get the penalty and you get the yellow card.

“So it should be easy; Anthony [Taylor] goes to the screen and sees that he makes a mistake and clears the yellow card for Fabregas.”

Mourinho also added that Oscar missed the game at St Mary’s because of illness.

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