Jose Mourinho
Mourinho was recently fined £25000 by the FA for his comments on the referee after Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Southampton on 28 DecemberReuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has again risked punishment from the Football Association by suggesting that the Blues would have been "12 points" clear at the top of the Premier League had it not been for the mistakes from referees.

The Blues seven point lead over Manchester City (who won their game against Newcastle 5-0) was cut down to five points after they were held in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.

The match was full of controversy as Chelsea were denied two penalties and Nemanja Matic was shown a straight red card for reacting to a foul from Ashley Barnes.

Mourinho was careful not to criticise the match officials in the post match conference, where he insisted that "four moments" during the game cost Chelsea two points.

However, the former Porto boss, keeping the Southampton and Tottenham games in mind, has now suggested that Chelsea would have been "12 points" clear at the top of the Premier League table had it not been for the mistakes by the referees.

"If you are asking me about the five points difference I would say to you, if we are in a normal situation where the mistakes are part of the game and sometimes go in our favour and sometimes go against us, it wouldn't be five it would be 12," said the Portuguese, during a surprise appearance on Goals on Sunday.

"It would be 12 because we are speaking about two points at Southampton and we are speaking about three points at Tottenham. We are speaking about many situations."

Mourinho, who claims that referee Martin Atkinson made "four important mistakes" during the Blues' 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday, feels that officials need to be assisted by technology so they will be able to make the correct decision.

"This gentleman (Atkinson) is one of the top referees in this country, he's one of the top referees in European football. He can make mistakes. He made four important mistakes (on Saturday). You want consistency but consistency in the right way."

"What would I improve (for the referees)? If the referee cannot see a penalty three metres in front of him, an official in front of a screen cannot miss it."

"If we want to protect the integrity and the honesty of the referees, if we want to believe - and I believe that the mistake is the consequence of a misinterpretation, of a bad position, of the unpredictability of the situation and of the game - I think technology can help."

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