Mourinho wished referee Oliver “many congratulations” after loss

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Jose Mourinho didn’t want to speak about the red card earned by Ander Herrera for a pair of first half fouls on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

But he was happy to talk about the man who made those calls.

Manchester United’s boss ripped into referee Michael Oliver after Chelsea eliminated the Red Devils from the FA Cup at the quarterfinals with a 1-0 decision at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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From the BBC:

“We can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.

“I don’t want to go in that direction. Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card. I cannot change that.

“I shook his hand and said many congratulations.”

That’s fire from Mourinho, and certainly boils over to reach his lesser moments in self-control. It’s one thing to criticize a call, or a referee, but insinuating bias is prime “Mourinho off the rails” country.

That said, we certainly understand why he was fired up.