Andre Villas-Boas has been showing his feisty side this week, with the Chelsea manager dealing with controversies on multiple fronts.
While John Terry is being investigated by the FA for allegedly using racist language against Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea are also being investigated for their high amount of bookings this season, and Villas-Boas himself is in hot water for making comments against referees.
"I don't think I said anything I shouldn't have," Villas-Boas said of the allegations.
"I would never question the referee's integrity. But the fact is that, at the moment, we are paying heavily in terms of major decisions.
"Maybe this is what the FA (don't) want to hear from me - phrases like, 'The referee has influenced heavily three of our games'.
"With 11 players, we should have played better and there are mistakes we have to avoid and which are fair - you have to be criticised and evaluate yourselves and learn from those mistakes - but it's a very disappointing day for the referee, for Chris Foy. I will stick to my words."
In comparison, last season, Sir Alex Ferguson made some comments regarding the official for the United v Chelsea match-up, saying: “You want a strong referee, anyway, and we didn't get that”
The manager was hauled in front of the FA to explain himself, and was suspended for five matches as a result.
Ferguson has a long history of controversy with referees, and the Scot was given a harsh punishment in March as a result of his actions. But while Villas-Boas has only been involved in the Barclays Premier League for three months, his comments are equally as inflammatory, and he deserves the full force of the FA’s investigation.
But possibly the worst thing about Villas-Boas’ comments is that his criticisms of the referee contradict the rules.
While Didier Drogba completed a two footed tackle, which receives an automatic red card, Jose Bosingwa fouled as the last defender, also an automatic red card offence.
Villas-Boas’ argument that Shaun Wright-Phillips had his hand on Bosingwa is dubious at best, particularly when a replay shows Wright-Phillips’ arms at his side.
Villas-Boas will learn quickly how to deal with the pressure that comes with being a Barclays Premier League manager, and a Chelsea one at that.
But his handling of the refereeing situation from Sunday shows that the former Porto manager has a way to go yet before he can claim he’s an expert at dealing with the media and getting a positive message for Chelsea across to the fans.
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