Jose Mourinho slams referee Mike Jones for sending off Cesc Fabregas.

JOSE MOURINHO laid into referee Mike Jones for sending off Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea's 3-0 defeat at West Brom.

Mourinho could find himself in trouble again after criticising the ref's role in the 30th minute incident.

Fabregas was sent-off in after bizarrely launching launch the ball into a melee of angry players.

It struck West Brom's Chris Brunt on the head and referee Jones brandished a straight red at the midfielder.

But Chelsea boss Mourinho said: "To get a three game ban for that is ridiculous.

"What reason was that for a sending off? I don't understand it. I thought Darren Fletcher was more aggressive with his push.

"A top referee, a top personality would have had two or three words and it would have been done with."

Mourinho said he wouldn't be asking Fabregas for an explanation and that striker Diego Costa had been offered no protection at all in the incident leading up to it whe he tangled with three Baggies players after clashing with Gareth McAuley.

Mourinho added: "The referee needs to protect talent and punish the bully. If you had seen what the opponents did to him from the first minute, you can understand it."

But wasn't surprised that his champions are limping towards the end of the season - because their rivals hadn't made it hard enough for them!

He said: "They have not been good enough so we find ourselves in a situation where we win the title and still have three games to go.

"Suddenly we are breathing a little easier after all the pressure and everything changes.

"So give a little bit of blame to the players and a little bit to me but let's blame the top contenders for the title because they were not good enough to make us go right to the end.

"The ideal scenario would have been to be crowned champions, go home, go on holiday and not play again."

Source: Daily Star

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