Neil Warnock today accused Chelsea of "trying to kill Mark Clattenburg" over their complaints to the Premier League that the referee insulted two of their players, reports the London Evening Standard.
The 37-year-old is currently the subject of a Football Association investigation, over allegations he racially abused John Obi Mikel, and called Juan Mata a "Spanish t**t" during the Blues' 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
But, Leeds boss Warnock, himself no stranger to controversy, believes Chelsea's players are just sore losers, and taking their frustrations out on Clattenburg.
"You know my relationship with referees but I have got to say I am disgusted with what's gone on," he said. "I'm on Mark Clattenburg's side.
"We ask referees to man-manage and that's what he does. I'm sure he might have said a few things but are you telling me if Chelsea had won that game that there would have been one iota of a complaint?"
Clattenburg came under intense scrutiny following the sending off of Fernando Torres, issuing the striker with a second yellow card after he was alleged to have dived in an attempt to win a foul.
Then, to make matters worse, Javier Hernandez's stoppage time winner for the Red Devils had more than a hint of offside about it, but neither the referee or the linesman spotted the infringement.
"He's not had the best of games but the Torres one was the one decision he got slightly wrong," added Warnock. "I think he has made a mistake but they are trying to kill him and I don't agree with that at all.
"Let's wait and see when it all comes out. Hopefully, everything has been caught. I hope if it is proved wrong, that the players, whatever they alleged Mark to have said, get done as well."