Chelsea keep up pressure on referees with penalty article bordering on paranoid

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Chelsea have decided to keep the pressure on Premier League officials via the medium of their official club website, with a slightly bizarre story questioning if there's a more sinister reason why the Blues have been awarded only two penalties so far this season.

'Penalty Puzzle' is the title of the article in question, which sets out its stall inside two paragraphs by insisting beyond a shadow of a doubt that Chelsea should have been given a spot kick against Southampton last weekend.

Branislav Ivanovic supposedly had his poor leg 'scraped' in the 1-1 draw, with Chelsea very much insinuating that a contentious decision would have gone their way if the incident came in a Champions League match.

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Back to the question of bias

Chelsea have looked at the stats when it comes to spot kicks and clearly feel aggrieved, moaning that while they've been given four penalties in eight Champions League games that number falls by 50% across four times the number of Premier League clashes.

"Abnormally low" is the term used to describe that figure, with particular incidents cited as evidence to back up the claim. Use of language like "we", "us" and "not gone our way" is the tip of the iceberg for a piece which smacks of attempting to build a classic us against the mentality, one that undermines genuine grievances over the course of what's been a successful campaign to date. 

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Diversionary tactics afoot

The Blues have a point when they mention Cesc Fabregas being wrongly booked for diving at St Mary's earlier this season, but surely there's not a team in the country that couldn't think of similarly frustrating moments by mid-March in a long season.

Observers should take this rather ridiculous piece with a pinch of salt and realise this is an extension of the diversionary tactics manager Jose Mourinho has used brilliantly throughout the season.

Mourinho is all too aware that his table-topping side have been well short of their best in recent weeks, winning only of their last eight matches despite possessing a commanding six-point lead in the title race with a game in-hand.

That's one reason why the mission to keep highlighting mistakes of Premier League referees will continue, whether its unfounded, justified or otherwise.

Mourinho's win-at-all-costs mentality has clearly washed over the entirety of a club desperate to win their first championship in five years, with the official club website no exception.

Chelsea fans, are you in the slightest bit embarrassed by this concerted campaign to keep the pressure on referees? Should official club websites by above this kind of opinion piece? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!

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