Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticises Spurs ‘special guy’ Jan Vertonghen
Jose Mourinho has branded Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as the ‘special guy’ for his apparent ability to influence referees.
The Chelsea boss was infuriated by the Belgian’s role in Fernando Torres’ red card, which came in the same week that he had managed to avoid conceding a penalty despite pulling down the shorts of Aston Villa’s Nicklas Helenius.
Mourinho said: “He pretends that it’s a red card. Oh, the guy is very intelligent. In some countries people say ‘oh this player is really amazing’. Not in England – that’s not what I learned in this country.
“That’s why I don’t think the referee is guilty. He made the wrong decision.
“Of course, it’s the referee makes the wong decision, but the referee trusts the player. And when you see a player with his hands in his face and pretending that it was a violent action, I think the referee, the normal tendency is to follow and to make the decision.
“So it was the referee’s bad decision. But for me it was a situation where the player was not helping the referee.
“And this player is a fantastic player, but he’s a special guy, because three days ago he left the Aston Villa striker naked and it was not a penalty, it was not a red card?
“Because he shouldn’t play this game. Vertonghen shouldn’t have played this game. He should be suspended with a red card against Aston Villa.
“You go to YouTube, it’s the top of the ridiculous situations in football, it’s ridiculous, the boy was naked! And today he changed the game..he changed the game.
“I’m not happy.”