Jose Mourinho is known for speaking his mind when he disagrees with anything soccer-related, and he did just that during a press conference with media on Sunday.
The former Real Madrid boss openly said England’s top flight “loses credibility” for the two-game suspension of Nemanja Matic that will sideline him for the Capital One Cup final on Sunday.
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Mourinho hinted that Matic’s furious response to the intense tackle of Burnley forward Ashley Barnes in a 1-1 draw was not worth two games away, since the Clarets’ forward avoided discipline.
“The dimension of the Premier League: not just the audiences and the millions of people who watch, but the feeling and envy they have for English football … the respect and credibility.
“For example, in a very important newspaper in my country, after the Burnley game the headline was: ‘We thought this was only possible in Portugal, never in England,’” Mourinho claimed. “The depth of this message, you understand? This is something English football cannot lose. The credibility in which English football is held has taken a long time to build and will take a long time to lose.
“For example, you lose credibility when a player like Matic is suspended, and another player [Barnes] can play this weekend.
These statements from Jose Mourinho, while being slightly dramatic at points, offers a fairly agreeable viewpoint. The call for Matic’s retaliation was correct, but the lack of action against Barnes, who ultimately caused the issue, is troubling to those who desire accurate refereeing and player safety.