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Angry Mourinho slams league
10 May 2007 - 07:31:42
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised the Premier League after Wednesday's potential title decider with Manchester United was allowed to peter out into a meaningless goalless affair at Stamford Bridge.
The original meeting of the two title rivals was scheduled for April 15 when United were leading the Premiership by just three points.
But with both clubs involves in the FA Cup semi-finals that weekend, the match was rescheduled and ultimately played three days after United had clinched the league title.
"It is difficult to accept that we didn't play on April 15 or whatever," said Mourinho.
"The Premier League is the best in the world and it can't afford this kind of mistake, to have Chelsea versus Manchester United coinciding with the FA Cup semi-finals when there is a big chance that one of the clubs would be involved.
"It's very, very bad. This is the game that every football fan around the world should be by the TV, but I think they changed for a soap or something more interesting.
"If we play in the middle of April with six or seven more matches to play, I'm not saying we would have won the game and I'm not saying we would have won the Premiership. I'm just saying I don't think it's the correct situation."
Mourinho was also critical of referee Graham Poll, who he thought had sent him to the stands for arguing a second-half decision.
"I thought I was (sent off) but I wasn't. I walked to the stands but then my assistants were saying 'you can stay in your position'," he continued.
"I think he was what he is always - he had a normal performance when he is refereeing a Chelsea match."