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Villas-Boas backs officials but stands by rant

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is not unhappy with the standard of refereeing in the Premier League, despite the Chelsea boss making a second phone call to Mike Riley already this season to complain about the quality of officiating.

Villas-Boas yesterday revealed he had contacted referees' chief Riley over the performance of Chris Foy in the Blues' controversial 1-0 defeat at QPR on Sunday. The Chelsea manager's attack on Foy immediately after the game landed him with a letter from the English Football Association yesterday asking him to explain his comments.

Villas-Boas also criticised the standard of officiating in his side's matches at Stoke and Manchester United but he declared yesterday he was not upset with the quality of referees.

"No, this is the best league in the world," he said. "I don't think that reflects the overall standard."

Villas-Boas was nevertheless unrepentant over his comments about Foy, insisting he had done nothing to warrant an FA charge. "I don't think I said anything I shouldn't have," Villas-Boas said. "I would never question the referee's integrity. But the fact is that, at the moment, we are paying heavily in terms of major decisions."


Chelsea were, however, charged yesterday with "failure to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" at Loftus Road after some of them appeared to surround Foy when Jose Bosingwa was sent off.

The Blues were given until Friday to respond to the charge and the request for the boss to explain why he accused the officials of being "card happy".

Villas-Boas admitted after the game that he was "very aggressive" with Foy with the official post-match, having seen Bosingwa and Didier Drogba dismissed and seven more of his players booked at Loftus Road.

That landed Chelsea with an automatic £25,000 fine, which will rise if they are found guilty of yesterday's charge.