Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that his side were 'punished' by the match officials during their 2-2 draw with Swansea on Saturday.
The Blues narrowly avoided becoming the first team to start their Premier League title defence with a defeat. A free-kick from Oscar and a Federico Fernandez own-goal either side of an Andre Ayew effort had given Chelsea a 2-1 lead at the break, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' sending-off shortly after the interval changed the complexion of the game, with Bafetimbi Gomis slotting home the resulting penalty.
Chelsea held on to secure a draw, but Mourinho was less than happy with the performance of referee Michael Oliver and his assistants, believing that Courtois should not have seen red for his challenge on Gomis.
"I do not want to speak about red cards," Mourinho asserted in his post-match press conference. When pressed as to whether this would be his policy throughout the season, he responded: "No, it is just because the first time I can control myself.
"I want to react this way so you don't say he was (complaining) from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth."
Swansea boss Garry Monk saw things slightly differently, with the 36-year-old of the opinion that the right call was made.
"From where I was sat and the replay I saw, the referee got it right," said Monk.
"Bafe would have had a goalscoring opportunity when the keeper took him down and he took him down inside the area, so it's definitely a penalty and obviously a red card."
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