AVB Denies Influencing Referee’s Then Slams Poor Decisions

By on September 22, 2011

Andre Villas-Boas insists his decision to lodge a complaint to referees’ chief Mike Riley is not an attempt to influence future Chelsea officiating.

Villas-Boas was left furious after his side conceded two contentious decisions during their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United. The Chelsea boss had revealed on Monday that he made an official complaint to Mike Riley regarding the performance of the match officials, but insists he wasn’t looking to influence future refereeing decisions.

“I would never do that,” he said.

“The game should be human, with as many emotions as possible, and I think that the referees have a major part to play.”

However, AVB went on to once more slam the poor decisions his side faced at Old Trafford:

“I cannot lose my time organising my defensive set plays for the referee to make a mistake like that – I’m sorry.

“You organise a team to defend a set play, to be coherent, to hold the line, and then there is a person who does not do his job.

“We had an incident like this against Sunderland the other day – offside not given.

“So it’s not a question of organisation, it’s not a question of defensive fragilities. It’s a question of a mistake that you pay the penalty for.”

Despite the defeat Chelsea look a far more attacking threat that in recent games, but there sides vulnerability in defense was evident throughout the game.

Submitted by Football Friends


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