Martin Keown blasts Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho Dugout

The former Arsenal defender is not impressed by the Chelsea manager's conspiracy theories.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has blasted Jose Mourinho over his comments about there being a campaign against his side.

Mourinho was charged earlier this season for suggesting that there is a campaign from match officials against his side, something that is in breach of Premier League rules.

Following a controversial tackle by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic, which saw the latter sent off for pushing the forward to the ground, Mourinho appeared on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme to again suggest the media and referees don’t give him a fair deal.

Keown though, has hit back at the Chelsea manager for those comments, insisting that the whole thing is ‘propaganda’ and is in fact disrespectful to the Premier League.

“There’s no conspiracy. It’s all propaganda from Jose Mourinho,” Keown responded to a question on the subject for his Daily Mail column.

“I think it’s disrespectful to the Premier League and everything it stands for. Fair competition is the basis of every good competition – if you win the Premier League, you deserve to. But if you question it, like Mourinho is doing, you question the integrity of the game. And that is wrong.”

The defender turned pundit has instead said that some people seem to be scared of speaking out against the former Real Madrid manager, although he himself isn’t fooled by his charm and magnetism.

Instead, he praises Southampton manager Ronald Koeman for his post-match comments after the loss to Liverpool, in which his side were unfortunate not to be awarded penalties on several occasions, perhaps suggesting Mourinho should take a leaf out of the Dutchman’s book.

“Look at Ronald Koeman after Southampton’s loss to Liverpool on Sunday,” added Keown.

“He could have completely gone off on one about the penalties they should have been awarded, or that Simon Mignolet should have been sent off. But he didn’t. There was no mention of campaigns or conspiracies by him.”

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