Jose Mourinho insists referee Anthony Taylor should be ashamed after denying Chelsea a penalty in their draw with Premier League high-flyers Southampton.
With the game at 1-1 Taylor waved away Cesc Fabregas’ claim when he was tripped by Matt Targett.
Sadio Mané had given Southampton an unexpected lead before Eden Hazard curled a superb equaliser past Fraser Forster and Morgan Schneiderlin saw red late on.
And Mourinho asserts Taylor’s decision is indicative of a vendetta that is being directed against the Premier League leaders.
“There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don’t know why there is this campaign and I do not care,” he argued.
“Everybody knows it was a penalty. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed.”
And Chelsea will be frustrated with this failure to extend their lead over Manchester City to five points with the Champions held to a draw with Burnley.
Mourinho may also be concerned by Mané’s opener which displayed an uncharacteristic example of defensive frailty by his backline.
John Terry wrongly attempted to play the offside before Thibaut Courtois uncertainly edged out of his goal only to watch Mané lift the ball over his head.
Hazard’s equaliser was the signal for a second half siege by The Blues who put Southampton under pressure throughout the second half.
But Chelsea’s goal was the first Southampton had conceded in 299 minutes of Premier league action and the Saints held on to gain an important point.
Ronald Koeman was delighted with his side’s resilience in the face of Chelsea’s attacking talents.
“One point against Chelsea is worth three points against another opponent,” he said.
“I’m proud of the spirit and organisation.”
Contribution by Joanna P