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Mourinho defended Chelsea’s Oscar from diving charges while saying the ref was right to book the Brazilian
After raising such a big stink over Luis Suarez’s perceived diving for Liverpool at Chelsea in the previous match, everyone was wondering what Jose Mourinho was say regarding Oscar’s dirty dive away at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Oscar took a ridiculous dive against Southampton when the #11 flopped in the box after having appeared to get around Kelvin Davis.
After the game Jose Mourinho offered his best lawyering skills to protect his player while at the same time supporting referee Atkinson’s decision to book the Brazilian.
The yellow card was very much deserved. I am happy with the decision but I think that Oscar is a clean boy. He’s waiting for the contact from the goalkeeper, and [if it arrives] it is a penalty, a red card, and [maybe] a goal. The game is then in our pocket.
It was a good decision from referee Martin Atkinson, it should happen more in this country. That type of thing happens every week and yellows should be given. Not in Oscar’s case though, he is normally a very fair boy.
- Updated: January 1, 2014