Monday 19 March 2018

Fergie claims refs favouring Chelsea as title-race mind games heat up

Mark Fleming

Alex Ferguson has raised the temperature ahead of next weekend's crucial contest with Chelsea at Old Trafford, after claiming referees could be handing the Premier League title to the holders.

United's lead over Chelsea is now just three points, and should the Londoners win Sunday's match, they would go top on goal difference.

With one eye on that game, Ferguson launched a trademark tirade at referees in general after yesterday's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, and said he feared Chelsea will get a soft decision in next weekend's potential title decider.

Ferguson also noted that Chelsea were awarded a "ghost goal" against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday even though Frank Lampard's shot did not cross the line, and Salomon Kalou also appeared to be offside before he scored the winner.

The abrasive Manchester United manager said: "Obviously, it gives Chelsea a major chance now and that's what happens.

"They got great decisions (on Saturday) for them. We never seem to get these kind of decisions. They seem to be getting them. They got one to win the league at Old Trafford last season so that's a worry."

Ferguson's claims of a conspiracy theory made him sound like Jose Mourinho, who moaned that Barcelona get all the refereeing decisions following Real Madrid's 2-0 defeat last week.

But Ferguson needs to be careful, as he was given a five-match touchline ban in March for disparaging claims about referee Martin Atkinson.

For more than a year now Ferguson has been complaining that Chelsea get the big decisions when the two teams meet.

Irish Independent

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