Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of words exchanged with referee Mike Riley during his side’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham.
The Football Association may take action after Mourinho allegedly using the term filho da puta – meaning “son of a whore” – in a half-time confrontation with Riley.
“I say this kind of word 10 times in every 15 words,” said Mourinho.
“I say it 50 times a game, 50 times in training. I don’t want to be offensive. I can be emotional but I am polite.”
The FA will study referee Mike Riley’s report before deciding whether to take action.
Chelsea were losing 3-1 at the interval during Sunday’s match but Mourinho denied the term was directed at the official.
“The word can be abusive if you understand it as an abusive word,” he stated.
“I tell the word to my players and myself when I am not happy. It is something I say when the ball hits the post.”
“In my opinion, he gave too many decisions against us. I don’t think they were big decisions but every free-kick in midfield was against Chelsea,” he said.
“I am not saying they had a big influence on the result, I am not saying that, but too many free-kicks is a big frustration for the players.
“It breaks the intensity of the game and we are not happy. But that’s football.
“All season was not an easy one in our matches with Mr Riley. Against Liverpool, Mohamed Sissoko should be sent off, he wasn’t.
“One minute later Michael Ballack is out and we have to play with 10 men for a lot of the time.
“We go to Reading, we play with 10 men, we lose two goalkeepers and not even a yellow card and in this game, there were too many decisions against us.
“But what can I say? He is a good referee so I hope the next time we have him, things go back to normal.”