ESPN FC: To dive or not to dive
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes English clubs “will be punished in European competition” due to their stance on diving.
And the Blues boss has defended his side against claims of diving despite his players earning two bookings in two games for simulation.
Chelsea progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup after securing a 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby County on Sunday.
But the game was overshadowed by a yellow card to midfielder Ramires after the Brazilian fell to the ground inside the penalty box under minimal contact.
That caution quickly followed teammate and compatriot Oscar’s yellow card against Southampton for the same offence.
But despite agreeing with referee Andre Marriner cautioning Ramires, Mourinho believes his side should not be labelled ‘divers’, believing there are worse culprits in the Premier League.
“I've not spoken with Ramires yet, but I will, and remind him what we think. If Marriner is so close and makes that decision, it’s because he is right, perfect,” Mourinho said.
“But let’s do it every game, every stadium, every player, let’s do that.
“I maintain there are no divers at Chelsea. I maintain it. In isolated cases, the referees attack it, the manager supports the referee, so I think we are doing well.
“Now let’s see if the others do the same as us. You will see when Oscar dives again or when Ramires does in the same situation. Let’s see when that is.
“We had two of the best referees, Atkinsion and Marriner, in these two games.
“In other clubs there are real divers who are not booked. If you want to look at players that are doing that every weekend, it’s very easy to do it. Sit in front of the television every weekend and you will find them.”
However, the Portuguese boss also believes that English clubs could face some harsh decisions in Europe.
“I know that English teams will be punished in European competition,” he said.
“In this country we are fighting against it and when you go to the Champions League and Europe League you will get referees from other countries and cultures, players without this education that we are trying to do to our players.
“And you will see something against English teams will happen, for sure.
“I’m very worried, not about the Premier League, but about European competition. We will not change our minds, our philosophy. But in European competitions the English teams have a reason to be worried.”