Jose Mourinho refuses to discuss referee – ‘I can’t be banned for life!’

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho seemed frustrated by referee Michael Oliver but continued his silence over officials following the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.The defending Premier League champions ended their season opener with ten men following goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ sending off, and also had a penalty appeal turned down in the first half.Diego Costa sprinted through on goal before being brought down in the box by Federico Fernandez, and while the Spanish striker and his manager were left raging when Oliver pointed to the corner, replays showed the Swans defender timed his tackle to perfection.Costa was also denied a free-kick after he was tripped in the second-half, and Mourinho appeared to laugh out loud on the Chelsea bench when play was waved on.However, having been fined more than once last season for his criticism of referees, the Blues boss was curt when asked for his thoughts on the incidents.“I do not want to speak about red cards,” he said. “I don’t think I can be suspended for life.”Asked whether that would be a policy this season, Mourinho retorted to laughter in the press conference: “No, it is just because the first time I can control myself.“I want to react this way so you don’t say he was [complaining] from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.”Chelsea had to hold on for a point as Swansea dominated the second-half following Bafetimbi Gomis’s equaliser from the spot, but Mourinho hailed his side’s effort to still go for the win despite their man disadvantage.“We tried,” the Portuguese added. “I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible.“I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose.“But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result.“Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point.“Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.”last_img read more

Football: Swede International who gave away late free-kick against Germany suffers racial abuse

first_imgAdvertisementSwede International, Jimmy Durmaz says the racist abuse he got on social media following his foul on Timo Werner which led to Sweden conceding the free-kick and Kroos scoring the goal, has been ‘completely unacceptable’ Durmaz has since been subjected to online abuse, including threats to his family. He and his fellow teammates took a strong stand against racism after the Swedish FA complained to police about a storm of racial hatred and threats aimed at the winger.He went on to say,“When you threaten me, when you call me ‘Arab devil,’ ‘terrorist,’ ‘Taliban,’ then you have gone far beyond the limit,” Durmaz said in the statement, which was published on the Swedish Football Association’s website.“And even worse, when you go after my family, my children, threaten them. Who does such a thing? It is completely unacceptable.”The video link to the statement is given below:-The statement concluded with the entire squad shouting ‘F*** racism!’ before applauding and jogging out to begin their workout.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 12FIFA World Cup 2018: Iago Aspas with a late goal as Spain hold Morocco to a 2-2 draw Advertisementlast_img read more

Solve this jigsaw puzzle to view a blue hour scene

first_imgSolve this jigsaw puzzle to view a blue hour scene of Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. There are only 35 pieces!How to play: Move and drag the pieces around just like a regular jigsaw puzzle. When two pieces are connected, they will click together. If you are “missing” a piece, move the other pieces aside to look behind them. Helpful guides can be found in the lower left icons. Challenge yourself to solve the puzzle in the shortest amount of time!*Advertisement* Photo by Matt Conti [MattConti.com]last_img read more