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Chelsea should never have Foy as referee, says Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho does not want referee Chris Foy to officiate any more Chelsea matches, feeling a ban on him being appointed to matches is the only way to stop the Blues from getting more bad decisions.

Foy was in charge at the weekend as Chelsea fell to a shock defeat away at Aston Villa, which made the Premier League title race even more predictable. The Stamford Bridge club had two players sent off at Villa Park, which were the fifth and sixth red cards Foy has shown to Chelsea players in the last eight games he has officiated.

"Maybe it is helpful that the committee doesn't send him to our matches. I don't have the right to request that. It's just that I think they have to analyse the situation and see," Mourinho said after the match.

"Every time he has Chelsea - or not every time, but many times he has Chelsea and the problems are there. I think maybe it would be a good decision."

It was an eventful game on Saturday and Chelsea has already had a goal controversially disallowed before the drama exploded with the first red card. Brazil midfielder Willian had already been booked for a late challenge when he was adjudged to have pulled down Fabian Delph as he ran at the defence.

There is an argument to say it was a soft second yellow, but a second yellow it was and Willian had to go. Delph then compounded things by scoring the only goal of the game soon after with a lovely flicked back-heel finish.

Ramires' red card had less debate surrounding it, as it was a very poor challenge and could have broken the leg of Karim El Ahmadi. The challenge was directly in front of the Villa bench and sparked an angry reaction from the home side's staff, which spilled onto the pitch.

Mourinho also went onto the pitch and was sent to the stands by Foy, though professed his innocence in that regard. Defeat meant Chelsea's lead was cut to four points over Liverpool and Arsenal, having played a game more, and six points behind Manchester City having played three games more.

In their next Premier League fixture Chelsea will be taking on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in what will be a crucial clash in the title race. It is an early kick-off on Saturday and will be Gunners manager Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge.

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