Roberto Di Matteo dismissed attacks on Chelsea as "nothing new" after Sir Alex Ferguson became the latest rival manager to take them to task over the Mark Clattenburg furore.

Manchester United boss Ferguson finally had his say on the third major race row to rock English football in recent times on Friday and he did not pull his punches, saying there was "no way" referee Clattenburg would have used "inappropriate language" towards Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel during his side's stormy Barclays Premier League win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.

Chelsea are arguably under fire like never before, but Di Matteo said: "People comment about the way we play, the way we deal with issues. It's nothing new. It's been happening for years. It's not a surprise."

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