Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho Sticks to 'No Divers' Line; Blues Boss Unrepentant despite Ramires Booking

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho Sticks to 'No Divers' Line; Blues Boss Unrepentant despite Ramires Booking

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DERBY COUNTY 0 CHELSEA 2 JOSE Mourinho accepted Ramires' yellow card for diving but refused to condemn the Brazil midfielder after the latest incident of simulation involving a Chelsea player.

The Blues claimed a routine 2-0 FA Cup third-round win at Derby, goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar sandwiching a booking for Ramires doled out by Andre Marriner.

Referee Marriner had in November controversially awarded Chelsea a penalty in the home draw with West Brom - after a contested fall by Ramires - which Eden Hazard converted to preserve Mourinho's unbeaten Premier League home record.

There was no direct impact on the result on this occasion, but the incident placed doubt on Mourinho's claim "there are no divers at Chelsea" following Oscar's booking in the New Year's Day win at Southampton.

Mourinho, who criticised Luis Suarez as an "acrobatic swimming pool" diver following last Sunday's win over Liverpool, said: "I maintain (there are no divers at Chelsea).

"Isolated episodes. The referees attacking it. The manager supporting the referees. I think we are doing well. Let's see if the others do the same as us."

Mourinho accepted Oscar's explanation for going down at St Mary's Stadium - the playmaker suggested he thought he would be wiped out by goalkeeper Kelvin Davis - and was yet to speak to Ramires in the immediate aftermath of the match.

He did not watch a replay of the incident, but accepted Marriner's decision as correct.

Mourinho, who will talk to Ramires, added: "Marriner was so close so if he made that decision it is because he is right.

"The last time Oscar's justification was completely correct and I understand completely what happened." Mourinho is adamant Chelsea's players do not dive and pointed a finger elsewhere in the Premier League to players who are regular offenders.

He said: "In other clubs there are real divers and they are not booked. …

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