Jose Mourinho pulls out of Chelsea’s pre-match press conference for Newcastle match

The Portuguese has pulled out of Chelsea’s pre-match press conference for their match against Newcastle at the weekend after being angry at his FA charge for misconduct.

The Blues gaffer complained of a “scandal” and a refereeing “campaign” against his side after Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving when he should have been awarded a penalty after being fouled against Southampton recently.

“It is a scandal because it is not a small penalty, it is a penalty like Big Ben. It was a big mistake with a big influence on the result,” said Mourinho.

Mourinho had already been warned by the FA following his comments in the build up to the Stoke match when he called for a “strong referee”.


The FA confirmed charge in a statement:

“It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and or bring the game into disrepute.”

And following the development last night, Mourinho had decided to pull out of his press conference as a show of protest. Chelsea assistant boss Steve Holland will step into Mourinho’s pre-match briefing with journalists today ahead of Saturday’s clash with Newcastle.

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