Di Matteo rails at referees despite League Cup win
LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has questioned his team's treatment at the hands of match officials in the wake of the club's controversial Premier League defeat by Manchester United at the weekend.
Di Matteo's side gained swift revenge by beating Alex Ferguson's men 5-4 after extra time to reach the last eight of the League Cup on Wednesday - three days after the 3-2 loss that was marked by the dismissal of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres by referee Mark Clattenburg.
Chelsea subsequently lodged a formal complaint to the Football Association about comments directed by Clattenburg towards John Mikel Obi. Di Matteo refused to discuss that matter, which is also being investigated by the police. But, drawing parallels with the defeat at Queens Park Rangers 12 months ago, which also ended with the dismissal of two Chelsea players, Di Matteo questioned whether his side were being treated fairly.
"It's incredible we got two players sent off in one game," he said. "At QPR, one was correct and one was probably not correct. And on Sunday (against United) one was harsh and probably correct and the second one was 100 per cent not correct, so it's incredible that always it's Chelsea Football Club. So maybe that's something to think about, you know?"