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Chelsea publish stats questioning penalty decisions

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Fabregas was booked for a 'dive' at Southampton
Fabregas was booked for a 'dive' at Southampton

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been claiming for several months that a campaign is underway to stop his side winning trophies this season and now the club's official website has joined his bandwagon.

In an article entitled 'Penalty Puzzle', the Chelsea website has posted a series of pictures from contentious refereeing decisions over the course of this season, headlined by the spot kick Mourinho feels his team should have been awarded when Cesc Fabregas was tripped at Southampton on December 28th.

Fabregas was booked for diving in that incident, with the website posing this question in the body of the article's text:

"It is in our 28 Premier League games this season where we have been awarded just two penalties" the article pointed out.

"Both were for infringements on the league’s most-fouled player, Eden Hazard, and both were in home London derbies, against Arsenal and QPR respectively. The most recent was four-and-a-half months ago.

"Historically, this figure seems abnormally low. This season’s tally of two penalties unquestionably bucks the recent trend.

"Yet our position as clear league leaders and second-highest scorers suggests we can’t be labelled anything other than an attacking side, spending plenty of time in the opposition box.

"Our two closest challengers in the Premier League this season, Manchester City and Arsenal, have both been awarded seven penalties – the most in the division. City have only scored one goal more than Chelsea and Arsenal two less. "

The article concluded with the publication of these statistics showing how many penalties have received over the past six seasons.

Premier League penalties awarded to Chelsea

2014/15 – 2

2013/14 – 7

2012/13 – 11

2011/12 – 5

2010/11 – 8

2009/10 - 12

It remains to be seen whether the Football Association will view an article of this nature on the clubs officials website as being inflammatory or attempting to influence referees, in what appears to be an extension of Mourinho's bid to expose the dark forces that he feels are working against his team.