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Jose Mourinho still fuming over Ashley Barnes' tackle on Nemanja Matic


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Ashley Barnes' tackle on Nemanja Matic could have ended the Serbian's career.

The 26-year-old was furious after the Burnley striker got away with a very late challenge in the second half of Saturday's game.

And to Jose Mourinho's surprise, referee Martin Atkinson decided to show a straight red to Matic for his reaction to the tackle.

"This could be end of career," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"Because I can't find another adjective stronger, I just say this is end of career. [Nemanja] Matic is a lucky guy.

"Another club would maybe have the power to appeal and as I was listening yesterday to people with some good feeling of honesty. It comes from people without any connection with Chelsea and comes from people with miles and miles on the pitch at a high level.

"I can't find the word to describe what that player did. I can clearly understand that football is about emotions and sometimes you lose emotions.

"Clearly Matic had a reason to lose his emotions. What could be the consequence of his push for the other player? Nothing. The consequence for Matic could be end of career."

And the Portuguese insists "harsh tackle" is not enough to describe the incident.

"When you say Diego Costa 'crimes' you cannot say a harsh tackle [for Barnes]," he said.

"You have to say a criminal tackle. When you say Diego's 'crimes'; did you [Sky] apologise to Chelsea or to Diego or to myself? You didn't.

"When Diego Costa has a three-match ban [and] probably [it will be] three matches to Matic [then] tell me how many matches this player [Barnes] deserves?

"When I finished the game against Liverpool I went to the dressing room and immediately the first thing I saw - because we have a big screen in the dressing room for the match analysis at half-time and at the end of the game it becomes television - I was reading non-stop 'Diego Costa crimes'.

"I don't like the use of the language and I don't like the fact that in my opinion you start in that moment the public judgement of the player."

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