Jose Mourinho last night claimed referees should be made to front up for their “disgraceful decisions.”
Mourinho was furious that Harry Kane did not get a penalty at Bournemouth the VAR on duty on Thursday night, Michael Oliver, is the referee for Sunday’s North London derby.
But after a calamitous night of refereeing decisions and VAR own goals, the Spurs boss believes that officials should be made to do post-match interviews and own up to their mistakes.
Mourinho said: “I think you should have access to them, I know the rules don't allow it. I think you should have access to them – to ask directly why. It’s very important. I think they are very important in the game, as important as players.
“It would stop nothing, but would make things much more open, much more clear. It would give the referee the opportunity to say 'Yes, I made a mistake – I feel sorry for that' or 'Yes I had incredible performance' or 'yes I was perfect.’”
Kane was denied a penalty, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was raging about Bruno Fernandes getting a penalty in their defeat to Manchester United while Southampton got a highly controversial penalty at Everton.
Mourinho refused to answer when asked whether Oliver should be removed from the game on Sunday after being involved in the controversy at Bournemouth and could not resist a dig at his former club getting 13 penalties this season which is a Premier League record.
“I feel free to comment on referees' performances after the performances but I can't from the legal point of view make any comment before matches,” said Mourinho. “United’s 13 penalties is a help, that’s a help. But ask the referees. Not me.”
Mourinho has also made it clear that he does not like and will not even watch Amazon’s fly-on-the-wall documentary on Tottenham ’s season after a trailer was launched yesterday.
It has been an unhappy season at Tottenham after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, Mourinho has struggled and the fans are so unhappy that a campaign has been launched on social media to hire a plane to fly over the stadium to protest at the board.
Mourinho added: “If you ask me if it's something I enjoy, no. I don't like the feeling of being in Big Brother but I try to forget them. I think I have managed to do that for the majority of the time.
“Am I going to watch it? No. No I'm not. It is not something I want to, also because I know better than anyone what our day by day is here but I think it will be very, very interesting for the people who love football and love sport. I think it will be really great for them.”
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