Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho leveled several criticisms about the quality of the refereeing his club has seen so far this season in a television appearance on Sunday.
Mourinho referred specifically to four calls against his team during its 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
The Chelsea boss said the incidents should have resulted in at least two penalties for his team, and that the failure to punish Burnley forward Ashley Barnes for an aggressive tackle early in the game prompted Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to react to a challenge from Barnes later in the game, a reaction that caused Matic to be sent off.
Mourinho argued that Barnes' tackles could have ended Matic's career. The manager questioned why responses to infractions by other teams and those committed by his team were inconsistent.
"I would like to know how do you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday?" Mourinho said. "My English is not good enough to find a word. When you think 'Diego [Costa] crimes' after he puts his boot on a hand...the minimum you have to say is 'criminal tackle.'"
"When Diego Costa has a three-match ban, probably three matches to Matic...tell me how many matches [Barnes] deserves."
Mourinho was fined $38,000 for critical comments about refereeing in late January, but on Sunday again suggested the officiating his team experienced was different from the league standard.
Mourinho said that the referee had told the Chelsea manager that he "didn't have a chance to see [the Matic challenge] on TV." Mourinho suggested that technological aid was necessary to ensure that officials make the proper judgments and do not miss calls on the field.
According to Mourinho, such technology was important so that missed calls and wrong decisions do not cost his, or other, teams points in the future.
"With five points difference [at the top of the table], if we are in a normal situation where the mistakes are part of the game and sometimes go in our favor and sometimes go against us, in this moment it wouldn't be five, it would be 12."
Chelsea is 18-6-2 in the Premier League so far this season, and is currently five points ahead of second-place Manchester City. Chelsea's next game is the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
- Christopher Woody