Andre Villas-Boas pleads innocence

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has denied charges of improper conduct handed down by the FA in relation to comments made after defeat to QPR a fortnight ago.

The Portuguese coach was incensed by referee Chris Foy during the 1-0 defeat, as the official sent off both Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba, and awarded the home side a penalty.

“The ref was poor, very very poor. And it reflected in the result. I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don’t care if he’s OK or not,” Villas Boas said as part of his post-match interview at the time.

The FA investigated the ex-Porto trainer’s comments, and deemed them to be fitting of improper conduct, with the charges handed down earlier this week.

However, the Stamford Bridge club have rebuffed the charges, with Villas Boas making a retort to the governing body.

“With regards to the FA charge against Andre Villas-Boas for remarks he made after the QPR game, the manager is denying the charge against him and has submitted his response to the Football Association,” a statement from Chelsea reads.

The game was shrouded in controversy, as John Terry was accused of making racist comments aimed at Anton Ferdinand in the same fixture.

By Gareth McKnight