In line with reports from the Telegraph, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has apparently rejected Jose Mourinho’s claims that Chelsea are mistreated by Premier League officials.
The Spaniard has instead suggested that the Blues are guilty of influencing important decisions made at Stamford Bridge, and often profit unfairly from referees’ inability to quell the pressure from Mourinho’s men.
The ever enigmatic Portuguese boss was left aggrieved after his side drew 1–-1 at home to Burnley on the weekend, and whilst Nemanja Matic’s reaction to Ashley Barnes’ horror tackle left the ref with little decision but to send the Serbian off, Mourinho believes that his side require more protection from the officials.
Martinez however, feeling let down by Gareth Barry’s sending off at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, took to his programme notes to air out his grievances with the Chelsea players and their behaviour towards referees.
He said: “Unfortunately, the sending off [of Gareth Barry] really late on reflected the emphasis that the home team had in trying to influence the referee and take advantage of their role of playing at Stamford Bridge.
“Big games need strong referees but, for the future, we relish the challenge of finding the way of overcoming these disadvantages by playing our football in a typical Everton manner.”
The two managers are likely to continue their rumblings however, as 2014/15 has so far been a season marred by several significant, yet confusing, incidents involving the how Premier League matches are ruled and officiated.