Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says referees should be allowed to speak to the media to explain their decisions
“They are as important as players”: Jose Mourinho says referees may speak to media to explain decisions after Tottenham team has been denied a penalty in draw with Bournemouth
- Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants officials to speak to the press after matches
- He claims that referees are “as important as players” and should express their views
- The Portuguese manager said that this allowed them to apologize for any mistakes
- Spurs was denied a penalty on Thursday in their 0-0 draw against Bournemouth
Jose Mourinho has called on the Premier League to change the rules so that referees can speak after matches – saying they are sorry if they made a mistake.
The Tottenham manager spoke a day after his team was denied a penalty after a Joshua King nudged Harry Kane during their 0-0 draw at Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, his former club Manchester United got a spot kick in their 3-0 win over Aston Villa – a decision that is widely dismissed as a foul.
Jose Mourinho wants more clarity from referees and says they should speak to the media
His Spurs squad received a penalty against Bournemouth when Harry Kane was shot down
Speaking for Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal, Mourinho was asked why Bruno Fernandes received a penalty on Thursday while Kane was not, despite VAR investigating both incidents.
“Just ask the referees,” said Mourinho. ‘Not me. You should have access to it. I know the rules don’t allow it. I think you should have access to it – to ask directly why.
“It is very important. They are very important in the game. A game is players, managers, referees. It would make things much more open and clear.
He said referees are “as important as players” and should be able to explain their decisions
“It would give the referee the opportunity to say, ‘Yes, I made a mistake, I feel sorry for that’ or ‘Yes, I did a great job’ or ‘Yes, I was perfect’.
“I think they are very important in the game, just as important as players.”
Mourinho added that he no longer celebrates goals because of VAR.
“I no longer celebrate goals because I never know if it is a goal or not,” he said.
The Portuguese manager said he is not celebrating goals now due to delays due to VAR controls
“Even if I have the feeling, but maybe six or seven seconds before something happened that I didn’t realize and then it’s not a goal.
“But I think it’s better in other things. If you forget what happened to goal line technology at Villa vs Sheffield – I think goal line technology is fantastic.
“Even if I haven’t won against Watford with one millimeter of no goal, I accept it because it’s yes or no. In other situations, I find some shameful decisions, but that’s the way it is. ‘