Jose Mourinho has called for parity and an equal playing field among referees and decision makers in the English game.
Mourinho was charged with misconduct after kicking a water bottle in frustration during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham and it was the second touchline he’d received in a month.
Speaking about his run-ins with the FA, Mourinho didn’t question the decisions against him but asked for the same rules and laws to be applied equally across the leagues.
“The only thing I would like is the same rules for everyone,” he said.
“Let’s go back to the last one (kicking the bottle). I cannot do it. If I do it then it’s a sending-off.
“I accept that’s a sending-off and in fact, if you see the images when the referee comes I don’t say a word. I accept the suspension.
“But it has to be the same for every manager. It has to be the same.”
Mourinho is spot on and we all know it. Arsene Wenger kicked a water bottle in frustration at Old Trafford back in 2009 after a late Robin van Persie equaliser was ruled out for offside but he didn’t receive a touchline ban, instead he received an apology. Whereas, Jose was banned.
That’s where his frustrations lie and where I absolutely agree he has every right to be frustrated. Unfortunately, the reality for Jose is that his reputation will precede him throughout the rest of his career now and he’s got to fully embrace that by not giving the FA any chance to jump on his back.
We had Sir Alex for nearly three decades. We know what it is like to have a manager who gets charged by the FA on a perennial basis and Jose will suffer the same fate. What he’s now got to do is not give them any chance to lynch him.
Do I care if he kicked a bottle and got banned? Absolutely not. It was an overspill of emotion, nothing more than that and certainly not an indication he’s lost his marbles which some are trying to say out of this situation. I’d rather have an overly passionate manager on the touchline than anything else but what I do want to see is a smarter Jose, one who doesn’t give anybody the opportunity to throw him in the pit.