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Jose Mourinho hints that Chris Foy should not be allowed to ref future Chelsea matches

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Perhaps referee Chris Foy shouldn’t referee Chelsea matches anymore.

That was the proposal set forth by Blues manager Jose Mourinho after a number of decisions went against his side in their 1-0 loss at Aston Villa on Saturday.

The match saw Foy red card two Chelsea players, Willian and Ramires, and send Mourinho to the stands late in the match. Willian was shown two yellow cards, the second of which came in the 68th minute after a nudge from behind that many felt fell short of yellow card requirements. Less controversially, Ramires was issued a straight red after he fell studs down on Karim El Ahmadi following a sliding challenge by the Villa midfielder.

The Ramires incident sparked furor on the sideline and Foy showed Mourinho to the stands after the manager entered the pitch along with others to diffuse the situation.

“Maybe it’s helpful that the [Premier League referees’] committee doesn’t send him [Foy] to our matches,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t have the right to request [that]. It’s just I think they have to analyze the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea — or not every time — but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision.”

Mourinho went on to note that his players had issues with Foy’s appointment when it was announced last week. “The players were speaking about it during the week. They have a reason.” The reason, although not noted, was believed to be the 2011 defeat at QPR when controversially sent off Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba. Mourinho was not the manager at that time.

The Chelsea boss continued: “I never care who the ref is. I don’t want to know. But during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on the next time we have Mr Foy I have to work my people in a different way.”

It remains to be seen if Mourinho will be penalized for his actions on or off the pitch on Saturday. Rule E3 requires managers not to leave their technical area and says that if a breach has occurred, that manager can be fined between $13,300 and $19,951 depending on the severity. Two match touchline bans can also be handed out for language deemed abusive to referees.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.

Statement from suspended UEFA president Michel Platini

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Statement from suspended UEFA President Michel Platini:

Early this afternoon, I was informed of the FIFA ethics committee’s decision to impose on me a provisional 90-day suspension with immediate effect. That decision, which I will of course contest in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time, had already been the subject of a deliberate leak, and I gave my opinion on that earlier in the day.

I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague. Indeed, the wording of those allegations merely states that a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics “seems to have been committed” and that a decision on the substance of the matter cannot be taken immediately.

Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

I want everyone to know my state of mind: more than a sense of injustice or a desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance. I am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.

I want to reiterate in the strongest possible terms that I will devote myself to ensuring that my good faith prevails. I have received numerous messages of support today from UEFA’s member associations and the other confederations encouraging me to continue my work serving football’s interests. Nothing will make me give up on that commitment.