Mourinho: I can’t talk about referees

Jose Mourinho believes he is on an imaginary list of managers who are not allowed to criticise Premier League referees.

Following last weekend's feisty clash with Arsenal and Diego Costa's subsequent ban, Mourinho was in a frosty mood at his press conference ahead of the Blues' clash against Newcastle.

The Portuguese tactician claimed managers are treated differently by the Football Association and singled out Arsene Wenger as one manager who can seemingly do what he wants.

"In the rule book it says that some managers can speak about the referee before the game or after the game and others cannot," he told the assembled press.

"Then there is a list and I come on the list where I get punished if I talk about the referee. It's an imaginary list but clearly [I am on it].

"In this country only one manager is not under pressure," he added when quizzed about the pressure on him and opposing number Steve McLaren.

"Everyone else is under pressure. We cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for them and I am sure they have sympathy with me.

"There is one who is off the list but good for him. He can speak about referees, can push in the technical area, can cry before the game, can lose games. Good for him."