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Tottenham Boss Jose Mourinho Slams Referee Michael Oliver for Awarding Arsenal Penalty in North London Derby Win

By Amreen
Jose Mourinho expressed his anger at Michael Oliver for awarding a penalty to Arsenal
Jose Mourinho expressed his anger at Michael Oliver for awarding a penalty to Arsenal / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho hit out at referee Michael Oliver after Tottenham's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in Sunday's north London derby. The Spurs boss was enraged at the decision by Oliver to award a penalty to the Gunners, and said it was "a pity" referees don't have to give post-match interviews.

Mourinho's side finished the game with 10-men and let a first-half lead slip, and the Portugese believes the match referee awarded a controversial penalty to Arsenal that was "an offence to penalties".

"No post-match interviews for referees? That is a pity," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "We played really bad in the first half. The 1-1 was not a fair reflection of the first half. We were poor.

"In the second half, we only had space to improve which we did. [But] then it is a question - but an impossible one as they don't speak - for the referee Michael Oliver to answer. Probably Paul Tierney too as he was the VAR [as to why they gave the penalty].

"The game was under control in the second half so we recovered. We made changes to try and win, [but] then it is a penalty and after that a second yellow for Lamela. What I see from the bench is just a feeling at first. I am 40 to 50 metres away. I saw it on the iPad. Referees have a difficult job sometimes. I did not complain but when I watch back on the iPad it is what it is.

"If somebody has a different opinion [to me], it has to be one of the big Arsenal fans with a season ticket. It is the only one I accept as it is the passion speaking. Other than that I don't accept a different view as it is obvious. Players get tired, coaches get tired, maybe referees get tired too. My record with Michael Oliver on penalties with Chelsea, United and Tottenham is unlucky."

Mourinho also hit out at his players, accusing them of "hiding" during the defeat to their north London rivals. He hauled Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele off at either side of the hour mark having already lost Heung-Min Son to a first-half hamstring injury. "If the players don’t do better it is because they can’t do better. I belong to the team so I am as guilty for the first half as the players but the best thing is we improve in the second half," he added.