Football: Mourinho says 'retaliation now allowed' after Gabriel decision

Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista (right) walks past Chelsea's Diego Costa (left) after clashing during their match on Sept 19, 2015.
Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista (right) walks past Chelsea's Diego Costa (left) after clashing during their match on Sept 19, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The Football Association's decision to rescind Arsenal defender Gabriel's red card has set a precedent allowing retaliation on the pitch, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Gabriel was sent off for kicking out at Diego Costa during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat by Chelsea at the weekend.

Arsenal ended the match at Stamford Bridge with nine men, but the turning point came when Costa clashed with Laurent Koscielny and then Gabriel with the score still 0-0, eventually provoking the latter into kicking out, resulting in him being show a straight red.

The FA overturned referee Mike Dean's decision to dismiss Gabriel and handed Costa a three-match ban for violent conduct for striking Koscielny in the face before the sending off.

"Now we know that retaliation is allowed. No problem, you can do it," Mourinho told the British media.

His Arsenal counterpart and bitter rival Arsene Wenger said the FA's decision to rescind Gabriel's red card repaired just five per cent of the damage his team suffered during the defeat.

"That just shows that they (the FA) decided after the game what should have been decided during the game and they repair five percent of the damage that has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11," the Frenchman said.

"It is better I don't talk too much as I'm still angry about it."