Jose Mourinho claims the controversial late penalty by Eden Hazard which earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw against West Brom was a crystal clear penalty and it was “not a mistake.”
Mourinho said he has watched the replay over and over again and it points to the fact that the referee got the “decision right” but Baggies boss Steve Clarke was infuriated by Andre Marriner’s decision to penalise Steven Reid for a collision with Blues midfielder Ramires.
Clarke argued that Ramires conned the match official by “going into the box to look” for the penalty
Mourinho said: “I have watched it two or three times and it was a clear penalty.
“The referee made many mistakes during the game but that was not a mistake.”
He added: “It is always a difficult situation to accept for the team that is winning, but when they go home they will see on their screens that it was a
situation where the referee did not make a mistake.”
The tempestuous moment arrived in the last minute of stoppage time when Ramires ran deep into West Brom’s box.
With Reid closing in, Ramires appeared to lean towards the former Republic of Ireland international and went to ground upon contact.
Outraged Clark said: “The boy went into the box, he went down looking for it and the referee obliged him.”
“The atmosphere at the bigger stadiums when you go away from home can influence decisions, but I
think the decision today was particularly galling.
“It is ridiculous to have to take it because it wasn’t a penalty. That’s five points my team have lost because of late decisions on penalties.
“I’m sad and I’m angry but I’m also very proud because we were magnificent today.
“This is a difficult place to come. Chelsea are one of the teams that are going to fight for the title. We
suffered a disappointment losing the goal before half-time and in the second half we were really good and deserved all three points.”
Marriner’s decision was questioned by West Brom’s players before Hazard calmly sent goalkeeper Boaz Myhill the wrong way to keep Mourinho’s unbeaten home Premier League run intact.
But the 50-year-old former Real Madrid manager said the goal was just reward for Chelsea’s response to West Brom’s second goal, which he believed should have been disallowed due to a foul in the build-up.
“It should have been a clear free-kick against West Brom when they scored the second goal,” he said.
“So I have reason to be very upset with the referee’s work. I believe he is a great referee, one of the best in European football, but he had a very
unhappy game today.
“It was dramatic because the home team was losing and in the last 15 minutes our reaction was very
“We put everything into the game to try to score and at least not to lose. In the end, it was even more emotional than technical and tactical.”