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Jose Mourinho on the draw and a "scandalous" penalty decision


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his players tried to win the game against Southampton as he criticised referee Anthony Taylor for not giving his side a penalty in the second half of the game.

Sadio Mane gave the Saints the lead in the 17th minute but a superb individual effort from Eden Hazard restored parity just before half time.

"I can believe Southampton defended with everything they have - with organisation, spirit and solidarity of players and the effort they fought to get the point," Mourinho said.

The Blues were denied what looked to be a clear penalty and Mourinho says the referee should be ashamed for booking midfielder Cesc Fabregas for diving instead of pointing to the spot.

"My players tried to win, especially in the second half. I can't understand such a big penalty [when Cesc Fabregas fell under the challenge of Matt Targett]," added the Portuguese.

"Out of nothing West Ham manager Sam Allardyce starts speaking about Chelsea players diving, then another coach and another coach. The referee changes a penalty for a yellow card.

"Same happened with Diego Costa in the game against Burnley. That I can't understand. A point is a point against a difficult team. There are doubts and doubts - a penalty like that, I will leave with that.

"The reality is there are penalties and penalties - this one was a huge one. Match after match coaches are telling Chelsea players are diving. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed."

The Portuguese added when interviewed by BBC Sport: "In other countries this is front-page news because it's an absolute scandal.

"The media, the commentators, the other managers, they are all doing it [putting pressure on referees]."

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