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Mourinho blasts FA double standards

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he would be hit with a stadium ban if he were involved in the kind of touchline scrap that saw Nigel Pearson appear to choke James McArthur.

The Leicester City boss escaped punishment for a bizarre tangle with the Crystal Palace midfielder and subsequently clung onto his job despite reports of his sacking at the King Power Stadium following Saturday's game.

Mourinho is no stranger to a touchline scuffle and clashed with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

The Blues manager has courted controversy for much of the season with repeated claims of a "campaign" against his side perpetuated by the Football Association. A fine of over €30,000 has seemingly done little to quell the Portuguese's frustration, however, as he once again took aim at the authorities when asked for his thoughts on Pearson's indiscretions.

"I have only thoughts about myself, not about Nigel," he told the press before referring to his spat with Wenger. "If I push a manager in my technical area, you know that I will be stadium-banned. We all know. Why? We don't know.

"You can't say we don't know why but I think we all know that, if I do something like that, I would be in serious, serious trouble."

Mourinho could be set for further punishment after suggesting that Robin van Persie should have been retrospectively punished for throwing an elbow at West Ham's James Tomkins on Sunday - an incident not deemed worthy of on-field action by referee Mark Clattenburg, or post-match by the FA.

Despite having already been hit in the pocket over his comments this term, the Chelsea boss suggested that he will not look to curb his outbursts when facing the media.

He explained: "I can be very defensive and say nothing or I can be myself and say what I feel and then there is a line where you never know the way the FA analyse it and they think you can or can't say that.

"Press conferences, especially after matches, are very, very difficult for us."