Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was furious that his team were not awarded??a penalty early in the second half when Fabregas went down following a??challenge from Matt Targett in the box.
Instead of awarding Chelsea a spot-kick referee Taylor decided Fabregas had dived??and booked the infuriated Spanish midfielder, a decision which Mourinho believes is??part of a growing movement against his side.
“There was definitely contact,” Fabregas told chelseafc.com.
“I don’t think the referee had the best game of his life but we’re all human??and a bad day at the office can happen to anyone.
“That’s it, let’s not talk more about it, we have to talk about football.”
Mourinho claims that Chelsea are the victim of a diving campaign which he??feels is costing his team points.
“In other countries where I worked before, tomorrow in the sports papers it??would be a front-page scandal because it is a scandal,” the Chelsea boss said??following the match.
“I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty – it is a penalty??like Big Ben.
“In this country – and I am happy with that, more than happy with that – we??will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence in the result.
“I am happy that it is this way, with respect for the referee. He made a big??mistake like I make, like the players make sometimes.”
The Chelsea manager blamed the Fabregas booking on recent accusations of diving made against Gary??Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic, who was named by Sam Allardyce in the wake of West Ham’s Boxing Day defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course (it has influenced the referee),” he said. “That’s a campaign, that’s a clear campaign. People, pundits, commentators, coaches from other teams ??? they react with Chelsea in a way they don’t react to other teams.
“They put lots of pressure on the referee and the referee makes a mistake like this. We lose two points, Fabregas earns a yellow card.”