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Stoke City chairman: Referees biased towards big teams

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has claimed that Premier League referees are biased against the smaller teams, when playing the top clubs.

Coates was angered by recent decisions he feels has cost his side, having failed to win any of their last four games.

Coates logged an official complaint against Martin Atkinson following their loss to Spurs, but is unlikely to do the same following their game this weekend with Liverpool.

Anthony Taylor awarded the Reds a dubious penalty after Raheem Sterling was brought down in the area - a penalty that put Liverpool ahead 3-2 after Stoke had clawed their way back to tie the game.

"The game changes when the referee gives a penalty for the merest of touches. The player dived," said Coates, in a recent interview.

"There was also a handball by Sterling before the penalty, one the linesman didn't see, and that is a game changer."

Coates isn’t the first to be annoyed with Premier League refs, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has spoken out various times, claiming his team were “done out of a win” last year against Chelsea.

Lambert also claimed referee Mike Dean was poor in their loss away to Fulham.

"I think the referee's performance for the whole game was poor. I think some of his decisions were poor," he was quoted by the Daily Mirror in December.

Coates also said in the interview he believed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' previous comments bemoaning Premier League referees affected the decision.

"If you remember, Brendan Rodgers was rather annoyed not to get a penalty recently," he added. "He made a big play of it and the media made a big play of it, so you do wonder if it crosses the referee's mind.

"I am not accusing referees of cheating, just acting subconsciously under various different pressures."

Rodgers was charged and fined £8,000 following comments made after the team's Boxing Day loss to Manchester City.

This weekend's decisions against Stoke weren’t the only ones called into question, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew having to apologise following an outburst after a goal was disallowed during their defeat to Manchester City.

It was a decision that has seen referee Mike Jones dropped to the Championship as punishment.

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