Jose Mourinho praises referee for not sending off Burnley's Ashley Barnes

Jose Mourinho offered unexpected praise for the officials after Tottenham beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Heung-min Son netted the winner for Mourinho’s side in a hard-fought encounter.

Whilst the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has made a name for his criticism of officials in the past, he changed his tune after the game.

Instead of berating the officials, he praised Michael Oliver and his assistants for their handling of the match.

Some felt Ashley Barnes was lucky to escape unpunished after a first-half elbow which left Toby Alderweireld bloodied with a cut above his eye.

But, despite some expecting he would be unhappy with the incident, Mourinho congratulated Oliver and his team.

Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I also think that Michael Oliver was very, very good and his assistants were very, very good.

“For a match of this nature you need a good referee. You need a referee with stability and he was that man.

“He impressed me that he was always in control. He doesn’t need to give a red card to Barnes because that would create, for sure, a completely different game.

Ashley Barnes clashed with Toby Alderweireld in the first half at Turf Moor

“All the duels, because this game was about lots of individual duels, especially with all the long balls they put into our first third, he has to be running with the ball, because the ball runs a lot in this kind of match.

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“To be this close to the decisions, he was really good, really solid.”

Discussing the Barnes incident at half-time, Jamie Carragher said: “I’m not sure how Jose reacted when the incident happened there or maybe what he’ll say at the end of the game.

“I’m with Gary (Neville) but it is always the same players who seem to be involved in those types of situations.”


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