Chelsea manager José Mourinho has admitted he regrets his use of the word “campaign” when he complained about decisions made against his side this season, the Guardian reports.
He was unhappy when Cesc Fàbregas was denied a penalty against Southampton in December after a foul by Matt Targett. Fàbregas was booked for diving by referee Anthony Taylor, with several other perceived incidents of simulation having been previously highlighted involving Diego Costa, Willian, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic. Mourinho suggested a “clear campaign” had been instigated against his team, with the Football Association subsequently fining him £25,000.
“I’m not the kind of person to regret,” said Mourinho, who had pointed to pundits, rival coaches and commentators reacting to Chelsea in a different way to other teams. “What you did you did. What happened happened. You cannot change things. Time does not go back. We had lots of mistakes against us. That’s the reality but that’s football. Maybe ‘campaign’ is not a nice word. Maybe I would take that word out from my explanation and my comments, but that’s the reality. We had very bad decisions over a big period of time. But I also made bad decisions, so no problem.
“The word ‘campaign’ was even the subject of punishment because the word was strong. My feeling was that we had lots of mistakes against us, that punished us in crucial matches in a crucial period – November, December, January. I would take the word ‘campaign’ [out] if the same happened next season. It would be out of my vocabulary. But that feeling is clear. We had lots of decisions against us.”