Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss rejects retrospective diving bans

Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho
Last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea was the ninth in a row for Hull City boss Steve Bruce

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes an independent panel retrospectively punishing divers would be a "disaster".

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Willian were booked for diving during last weekend's 2-0 Premier League win over Hull.

Tigers' boss Steve Bruce criticised Gary Cahill for going to ground easily in the penalty area, and said referee Chris Foy was "not doing his job".

But Mourinho said: "When you go to an independent panel to suspend players by video evidence, it is a disaster."

Chelsea travel to Stoke on Monday aiming to re-establish their three-point lead over title rivals Manchester City, who beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to draw level on points at the top of the league.

Mourinho has called on referee Neil Swarbrick to control the game at the Britannia Stadium.

"I think we need a good, experienced referee who can understand exactly that," he said.

"What happens in both boxes in these kind of matches needs important decisions."

The Portuguese also added that independent panels "don't do their job well".

"I remember last season, you had players and clubs punished by panels and you had clubs and players protected by panels," he said.

"I saw somebody kick a player on the floor, hit him in the back - no suspension. I saw others with minor things being suspended.

"Players are punished for silly comments on Facebook, Instagram and this kind of thing, and players are not punished for other things."

During the Hull game, Tom Huddlestone was shown a 60th-minute red card for a mistimed lunge on Chelsea's Filipe Luis.

Mourinho said: "You speak one week about one dive that, for me, was not even a dive - you don't speak about Filipe Luis who could be in this moment in the hospital having surgery on his knee or in his leg."

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