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Blues boss quiet on Warnock criticism

ROBERTO Di Matteo refused to be drawn on Neil Warnock's scathing attack on Chelsea's handling of the Mark Clattenburg affair after seeing his side drawn against Leeds in the League Cup quarter-finals.

In what was the latest twist to befall English football in the current climate of race rows, the European champions were handed a trip to their old foes barely 24 hours after Leeds boss Warnock accused them of trying to "kill" referee Clattenburg.

Chelsea were drawn away at QPR in the fourth round of the FA Cup last season at the height of the John Terry scandal, while Liverpool were also paired with Manchester United following the Luis Suarez race case.

Blues boss Di Matteo insisted he was unaware of Warnock's criticism over Chelsea's allegations that Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards John Obi Mikel, something the referee is understood to categorically deny. The Italian refused to comment when informed of it but did acknowledge the two clubs had "history".

"Leeds and Chelsea, they have a little bit of history there," said the former Blues midfielder after last night's epic 5-4 fourth-round win over Manchester United.

"I remember, as a player, playing against them, too. So, it'll be an interesting game for us to go and play at Leeds."

Di Matteo did admit he was looking forward to a reunion with Leeds chairman Ken Bates, who signed him as a player when in charge at Chelsea. "We had a very successful time together here at the club," he added.