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04 Oct 2013 18:16:54

Jose stays quiet on AVB criticism

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Friday refused to respond to Andre Villas-Boas' criticism of the Football Association for failing to extend Fernando Torres' suspension.

Spain striker Torres was sent off in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Villas-Boas' Tottenham, but avoided further sanction for his altercation with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

Villas-Boas branded the FA's lack of further punishment for Torres' scratch on Vertonghen "a disgrace" and may have felt the striker's knee injury, which has seen him ruled out for three weeks, was karma.

Mourinho declined the opportunity to respond to his compatriot, merely reiterating his belief that the FA has protected the values of English football.

"I don't comment on others' opinions," Mourinho said.

"My opinion is simple. For some reason English football is English football. For some reason the Premier League is the most important championship and the most loved worldwide.

"One of the reasons is because people enjoy aggression, people enjoy emotion, people enjoy sometimes a loss of a little bit of control.

"People don't enjoy simulation. The (one) game (ban) for Fernando was more than enough, because the second yellow card came from simulation.

"I think the FA defend what is the principles and the values of English football."

Mourinho could not resist criticising Belgium defender Vertonghen when discussing Chelsea's recent run, though.


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