Roberto Di Matteo angry at referee after Man Utd defeat, Chelsea launch complain
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was infuriated at the role of referees in the match against Manchester United on Sunday. The Champions League winners suffered their first league defeat of the season in a 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge, a place where Chelsea was unbeaten against Manchester United for over 11 years.
Roberto Di Matteo started off in his news conference by declaring that he was sure there was contact between Fernando Torres and Jonny Evans. The 42-year-old Italian claims referee Mark Clattenburg got it very wrong and that it should have been Jonny Evans who should have received a red card.
Chelsea overturned a two-goal deficit with the momentum on their side when two of their players were given red cards. Moreover, an offside goal against Chelsea was allowed which in the end turned out to be the winner.
Branislav Ivanovic was dismissed for bringing down Ashley Young, who seemed to have fallen down rather clumsily. Nonetheless, being the last man Branislav Ivanovic was given the marching orders.
Fernando Torres was given the other red card. The Spaniard was booked for a dangerous tackle to Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly. Fernando Torres received the second yellow card when he came in contact with Jonny Evans. The referee though the striker was diving and therefore showed him his second yellow card.
The 65th minute substitute Javier Hernandez scored the winner for Manchester United in the 75th minute. The Mexican scored the goal from an offside position, but none of the referees on the pitch disallowed the goal.
Roberto Di Matteo was anguished because of the poor decision-making by the match officials.
“The key decisions from the referee today probably influenced the result,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “He sent off Fernando Torres and the third goal is offside and it clearly has decided the game.
“So it's a shame, because it was a good game of football with two good teams and the officials ruined it.
“He's (Fernando Torres) put the ball between his legs and is through and gets a kick on his shin and he goes down. It's a free-kick for us and I think it should have been a sending off for Evans because he's through to the goal. Everything went for United and that really makes us unhappy.”
Chelsea have filed in an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg. Chelsea claims referee Mark Clattenburg used abusive language against their players and was inclined towards Manchester United for the whole game.