Chelsea’s rift with officials and the Mark Clattenburg saga – Di Matteo disappointed with referees
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo believes his club suffers more at the hands of officials than any other club. Roberto Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to their first Champions League trophy last season, has said that his club is being unjustly targeted by referees.
The Italian reckons that the rift between Chelsea and officials continues to grow after recent controversies, which is bringing out the ugly side of football.
The Chelsea brass have already handed in an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg over “inappropriate language” during Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last Sunday. According to Chelsea officials referee Mark Clattenburg used derogatory terminology to talk to a couple of Chelsea players.
Earlier, Chelsea also marked referee Mark Clattenburg with “racial allegations”. Roberto Di Matteo believes it’s not just referee Mark Clattenburg who has been unjust to Chelsea, in fact he has noticed lack of consistency when it comes to making decisions by referees.
Roberto Di Matteo told reporters in a press release that he could not understand why Chelsea had become victim to poor decision-making on regular basis by referees this season.
Mark Clattenburg red carded two of Chelsea’s top players, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic, and then failed to rule out Javier Hernandez’s offside goal for Manchester United. Unfortunately for Chelsea, the very same goal proved to be the decider against Manchester United.
This wasn’t the first Mark Clattenburg has been at odds with Chelsea. Mark Clattenburg dismissed two Chelsea players in a controversial 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on October 23 last year. This was the very same match which resulted in Jon Terry’s case based on “racial allegations”.
“It's incredible we got two players sent off in one game,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “At QPR, one was correct and one was probably not correct. And on Sunday, one was harsh and probably correct and the second one was 100% not correct, so it's incredible that always it's Chelsea Football Club. So maybe that's something to think about, you know.
“We just want to be treated fairly by everybody. Nobody is talking about the handball in the second half [in Wednesday’s 5-4 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United] when we should have had a penalty.
“I think the referees should be going into the games with the most confidence they can have. You know we're under pressure here the players, the officials, the coaching staff to perform, and I don't think there is any prejudice from that point of view.”