Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho bullied the FA into ignoring Romelu Lukaku’s actions against Brighton- that should have seen the forward retrospectively charged with violent conduct and facing a three game ban – according to one man.
Shaka Hislop claimed when on Sky Sports that he thinks Jose Mourinho used all his influence to make sure his star man didn’t get a ban -and that if it had been any other player from a lesser club, they would have been looking at many games spent on the sidelines.
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Without question, without question if this was another player they wouldn’t have been banned,” Hislop said.
“At the same time you think some of Jose Mourinho’s earlier remonstrations this season, you wonder if that put the FA off, if that’s scared the FA of their actions somewhat.
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“But, you cannot convince me that had this been another player, playing for another club in the bottom half of the table, playing for a West Ham or an Everton, that they would be facing a three-game suspension.
“And nobody would question it and we would say that’s absolutely right, don’t get me wrong.
“We would say a three-game suspension for Andy Carroll doing exactly this is exactly right, ‘what is Andy Carroll thinking? You’re leaving your team in the lurch’.
“But it’s Romelu Lukaku, it’s Manchester United, all the things that come with playing for Manchester United and as a result, the FA take a softly softly approach to it.
“There’s so much about this that does not make sense or does not add up for me in terms of the FA’s approach.”
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