Yaya Toure should be hit with three-game ban, demands Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
The Manchester City midfielder would miss the FA Cup tie against Chelsea should he be punished
Monday 10 February 2014
Jose Mourinho has demanded that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure be given a three-match ban for a kick on Norwich City midfielder Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Saturday afternoon.
Toure appeared to kick Van Wolfswinkel during City’s 0-0 draw at Carrow Road, but referee Jon Moss did not see it, and under the Football Association’s new rules for retrospective punishment, it will go to a panel of three former referees today. If they decide that it ought to have been a sending off, then Toure will be banned for City’s next three games.
“If he's not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn't see,” Mourinho said this morning. “If the FA defends football, he would have to be suspended.”
Mourinho admitted that he would be disappointed if Toure was not banned – a ban which would include City’s FA Cup tie with Chelsea this Saturday afternoon. “Of course, or it's the same for everyone. If the referee doesn't see, then I can do whatever. It doesn't matter about cameras or others seeing. I can do whatever I want.”
Mourinho also disputed Manuel Pellegrini’s claim that Chelsea had spent the most money in the transfer window, saying that the manager known as ‘the Engineer’ had got his numbers wrong. “Pellegrini is a fantastic coach, and outside his football career, he's an engineer by academic formation. I don't think an engineer needs a calculator to do that Juan Mata’s fee of £37m and Kevin De Bruyne’s of £18m, that is £55m. Nemanja Matic cost £21m and Mohamen Salah was £11m. That's £32m. And £55m minus £32m is £23m. So Chelsea, in this transfer window, generated £23m.
“This is working with financial fair play, fair financial fair play. There are no arguments against that. This is what we're doing. Others are not doing the same.”
However, Mourinho neglected to include Kurt Zouma, the £12.5m deadline-day signing who was immediately loaned back to St Etienne, in his calculations
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