LONDON – Jose Mourinho has launched another attack on Arsene Wenger, claiming the Arsenal manager receives favouritism from FA chiefs and is the only bulletproof manager in the English game.

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Jose Mourinho talks during a press conference at Chelsea Training Ground

Speaking out: Mourinho talks during a press conference at Cobham

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In his latest attack on Wenger, Mourinho claims his bitter rival is allowed to criticise referees without punishment, while he and others are not.

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The Chelsea chief, still fuming about Diego Costa’s retrospective three-match ban for his bust-up with Gabriel Paulista and the overturning of the Arsenal defender’s red card last Saturday, would not name Wenger but left no one with any doubt as to the target of his broadside.

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Mourinho fumed: “You know the one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning, cry in the afternoon, nothing happens.

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“He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. I say just one (manager).

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 Kurt Zouma celebrates scoring his team's first goal

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“In the rules book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot.

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“Then comes the list. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees before the game. I have to stick to that rule book and I am in the list of those who cannot speak about the referees.

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“It’s an imaginary list, but clearly (it is true).”

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“Asked about the pressure surrounding Steve McClaren, manager of tomorrow’s opponents Newcastle, Mourinho then added another jibe at Wenger, replying: “In this country, only one manager is not under pressure.

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“Every other manager is. I am under pressure, Steve (McClaren) is under pressure, (Manuel) Pellegrini is under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers) too.

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“We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. I have sympathy with all of them, because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list, but good for him. I have sympathy for Steve.

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Mourinho also repeated his claim made after Wednesday’s Capital One Cup win at Walsall that Gabriel’s let-off proved that ‘retaliation is now allowed’ in football – again comparing the incident to Nemanja Matic’s red card for retaliating after a tackle from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes at Stamford Bridge last season.

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The Chelsea boss said: “One of the things that was clear in football was that, when a player reacts to something that happened before – like Matic reacting last season after a criminal tackle – retaliation was always punished in football. Now we know it isn’t always. You can do that.”

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