‘Football is for men’ – Remember this comment Mourinho?

first_img1 Nemanja Matic was dismissed for his reaction to Ashley Barnes’ challenge Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho seems to have a short memory.The Portuguese was on the attack over the weekend, as his table toppers dropped two valuable points in a draw against Burnley that was marred by poor refereeing throughout.Undoubtedly, the flash point came as Nemanja Matic was sent off for his reaction to a tackle from Ashley Barnes that Mourinho described as ‘career ending’, but as the footage below shows, perhaps his player should have been more of ‘a man’ about the challenge.While Barnes’ challenge was undoubtedly wild and probably should have seen him dismissed, when Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel carried out a similar tackle to Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta last season, Mourinho responded in this fashion:Mourinho then went on to say of Arsenal’s reaction to the challenge: “They like to cry – that’s tradition.“Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with pride.”Should Mourinho apologise to Arsenal?last_img read more