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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the FA is encouraging off-the-ball anarchy after failing to punish Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure for an alleged incident during the game at Norwich at the weekend, claim Jeremy Wilson and Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.
The Ivory Coast star appeared to have been caught on camera aiming a kick at Canaries forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel, but the incident was dismissed by the FA video review panel after it was missed by referee Jon Moss during the game.
Toure is now free to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Mourinho, who was speaking before the official FA judgement was announced on Monday, is quoted as saying:
If he’s not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see.
The message is normally that, if the FA defends football, he’d have to be suspended.
Of course I would be disappointed if he is not punished.
If he is not, it has to be the same for everyone: if the referee doesn’t see, a player can do whatever he wants.
It doesn’t matter about cameras or others seeing, I can do whatever I want. If they make the rule that action can be taken if a referee has missed something, they have to apply that rule.
Mourinho also took a swipe at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for getting his sums wrong as he considered Chelsea's financial dealings in the transfer market, claims Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for Branislav Ivanovic, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.