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Mourinho suggests Man Utd's van Persie should have been punished for elbow incident

Chelsea boss José Mourinho has expressed his surprise that Robin van Persie escaped sanction from the Football Association for flinging an elbow at West Ham's James Tomkins and bemoaned the fact that incident has drawn less scrutiny than Diego Costa's clash with Emre Can, reports The Guardian. Mourinho, who had chosen to cancel pre- and post-match media duties around the recent fixture with Manchester City in protest at the coverage, had been frosty when resuming his duties last Friday.

Asked whether his mood had improved since, he said: "I'm OK, I'm fine. I was in a good mood the other day. I was in a good mood. I just need a little bit more time to forget why my player was suspended, to understand why some people are punished and others aren't. I need a little bit more time to process that.

"I paid lots of attention this weekend. The same people who suspended my player didn't want to suspend another player this weekend, and a player could have been suspended this weekend and he wasn't. I'm still processing that information."

Pressed on who should have been banned, he explained: "Somebody who did this [gestures an elbow when Van Persie's name was put to him] in the face of somebody, and nothing happened. I know that if it was one of mine … "

Mourinho's criticisms suggested double standards, with the Blues chief making reference to a retrospective ban handed to his midfielder, Ramires, for an elbow on Sunderland's Seb Larsson last season when Yaya Touré had escaped similar sanction earlier in the campaign after a clash with Norwich's Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

"Last season, the same thing happened when Ramires was suspended," added the Portuguese.

"A Manchester City player had kicked a player at Norwich who was on the floor and nothing happened. I'm used to it."

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