Jose Mourinho: Chelsea treated differently by football authorities

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Jose Mourinho says all referees decisions against Chelsea

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea are treated differently, as he contests a charge for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his side.

He cited Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger escaping sanction for shoving him during October's league match.

"With Chelsea and with me the reactions are different," said Mourinho.

"Do you think if I push a manager in the technical area that I don't have a stadium ban? I have a stadium ban."

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Campaign against Chelsea - Mourinho

Speaking at a news conference before Chelsea's trip to Swansea City on Saturday, the Portuguese also highlighted Manchester United defender Chris Smalling's unpunished handball against Stoke on 1 January.

"Would you think such a penalty against Chelsea would have a reaction in the media and with managers in the same way?" he asked.

"I don't think so. After that, the reaction would be double or treble, so obviously a referee needs to feel free, relaxed and with no pressure to do the best they can."

Mourinho's "campaign" comments, made after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December, earned him a Football Association misconduct charge.

He added: "Referees are not guilty, they want to do their best but clearly there are measures and there are ways of reacting.

"Clearly with my club and in relation to myself there are different standards, it's as simple as that and you know that."

Mourinho was issued with a formal warning for comments ahead of Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stoke on 22 December.

He had called on referee Neil Swarbrick to produce a strong performance at the Britannia Stadium.

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