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Mourinho: Referees are victimising Diego Costa

Does Costa get fair treatment from officials Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes striker Diego Costa is being victimised by referees after he picked up yellow card number seven in the Premier League against Hull.

Costa was cautioned for simulation after going down theatrically under Tom Huddlestone's challenge, although replays suggested there had been some contact.

Everything he does is a yellow card.

Seven yellow cards. It looks like everybody comes ready for him, which I don’t understand.

I don’t know why because I think when he was at Atletico he created a certain image, and people don’t believe he can change, but he changed.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho quoted in the Independent

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Bruce has 'no idea' where Hatem Ben Arfa is

Ben Arfa last played for Hull on November 29th at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Hull manager Steve Bruce admits he doesn't have a clue where on loan forward Hatem Ben Arfa is.

The mercurial Newcastle man joined Hull on loan on deadline day, but has failed to live up to expectations.

Ben Arfa fell out of favour at Newcastle for displaying a poor attitude, and it seems Bruce has decided against indulging the France international.

Sometimes transfers work out and sometimes they don’t. And it’s fair to say that with Ben Arfa I can’t see there being a future.

Unfortunately he wants to do his things his way, which is fair enough. So unless he changes, then I treat him like every other player.

But there has been no fallout, he has been omitted from the squad because when you are up against it, then I believe you need to show a bit of resilience and unfortunately Hatem sees it differently.

He is not Awol. He could be in Paris though. I’ve no idea where he is. He could be in Hull for all I know.

– Hull City manager Steve Bruce quoted in the Times


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