Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has condemned center referee Damir Skomina’s performance in their goalless Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night, comparing the referee to the official in charge of Scotland’s Rugby World Cup defeat by Australia.
South African Craig Joubert was heavily criticized after awarding Australia a late penalty in Sunday’s quarter-final and Skomina who turned down Chelsea’s penalty appeal when Cesc Fabregas fell under Serhiy Rybalka’s challenge has also come under the Chelsea boss’ criticism.
“The decision was crucial for the outcome. A fall in the box is a penalty.
“The referee was very good. I’m serious. He made one mistake and, for example in the Rugby World Cup, the referee in the Scotland game was very good.
“But he made one mistake and because of that mistake Scotland is crying.” Mourinho said as quoted on BBC Sports.
Chelsea created the better chances in Ukraine, Eden Hazard hitting a post and Willian’s free-kick striking the crossbar but despite their dominance, Kiev stood firm to share spoils after 90 minutes.
Chelsea are now third in Group G with four points from three games, three points behind leaders Porto and one behind Kiev.