Andre Villas-Boas remains disappointed with the performance of the match officials in Chelsea’s weekend defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Portuguese is understood to have vented his frustrations in a phone-call with Mike Riley, former Premiership referee and current general secretary of the Professional Game Match Officials, and lodged an official complaint.
The 33 year-old’s anger had stemmed from his belief that offside decisions were avoided in United’s first two goals. Firstly, Chris Smalling appeared to be just ahead of the play when he headed home Ashley Young’s whipped cross, and Nani ran back from an offside position to collect the ball before crashing home the second. “I cannot lose my time organising defensive set-plays for the referee to make a mistake like that,” Villas-Boas said.
“I’m sorry, I don’t take it lightly. You organise your team to defend a set-play, to be coherent, to hold the line — and then it’s not possible because the person responsible doesn’t do his job.” Villas-Boas accused referee Phil Dowd and his assistants Glenn Turner and Adam Watts of having a “poor performance which in the end had a decisive role in the result.” He added: “You expect the linesman to do his job,” he added. “We all feel very, very down when the referee has such an impact on the result.”
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Carling Cup clash with Fulham at Stamford Bridge, the former Porto boss also announced that he is to field a younger line-up with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran and Oriel Romeu afforded run-outs.
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