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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Mourinho stokes up row with Pellegrini

JOSE Mourinho has stoked up the heat under the Premier League title race by accusing Manuel Pellegrini of hypocrisy and saying he had "killed" referee Mark Clattenburg with comments he made earlier this month.

The Chelsea boss launched his latest broadside before today's game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, choosing to attack Pellegrini for lambasting England's top official.

Pellegrini criticised Clattenburg following his side's 2-2 draw with Arsenal on September 13, accusing him of costing City points both in that match, and against Liverpool last season.

"After initially claiming he would not make any comment about Pellegrini," Mourinho said. "It was not once or two or three times that he told everyone he doesn't speak about referees, but he killed Clattenburg.

"Three or four times he says he doesn't speak about me or my teams, he did it once more. It's for you to comment. When I said I don't want to speak about him, that's what I try to do.

"Don't speak with me. If you want a story, speak with him not me. I follow my line. I don't want to discuss any situation," added a notably ill-tempered Mourinho.

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