Everton have filed a formal complaint to the Football Association over what they claim is a defamatory attack on striker Andy Johnson by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was critical of Johnson’s alleged diving during Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.
“He’s dangerous for the opponents because you cannot trust him,” Mourinho said of Johnson.
That comment angered Everton manager David Moyes, who argued that his forward had been taking evasive action to ensure he did not collide with Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario.
Everton had called on Mourinho to retract his remarks but having heard nothing from Stamford Bridge, spokesman Ian Ross confirmed: “We will now make a formal complaint to the FA over Jose Mourinho’s remarks regarding Andrew Johnson.”