‘It was a penalty’ insists Chelsea boss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had no doubts that the last-gasp penalty award which helped the Blues rescue a draw against West Brom was the correct call.

The Baggies were furious about the decision by referee Andre Marriner to give a spot-kick when Ramires tumbled in the box under pressure from Steven Reid.

But Mourinho said: “The penalty comes in a moment where it is difficult for them to accept because they are waiting for the last whistle.

“But a penalty is a penalty in minute one or minute 94 and this was a penalty. From the bench I didn’t know, it was too far. But from the screen, no doubt.”

Baggies boss and Chelsea legend Steve Clarke was convinced it was not a spot-kick, describing the incident as”a bad call”.

However, Mourinho disagreed with his former assistant and also said Chelsea should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to West Brom’s second goal, when Stephane Sessegnon clashed with Branislav Ivanovic.

“It’s a big free-kick, just in front of us and the fourth official,” Mourinho said.

“There the fourth official should participate in the game; it was just in front of him.”

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