Sunday 19 November 2017

Villa-Boas’ outburst could land him in trouble with FA

CHELSEA boss Andre Villas-Boas could find himself in hot water with the Football Association this morning following his outspoken attack on referee Chris Foy.

A seething Villas-Boas admitted last night "I really don't care" if Foy reported him to the FA for losing it with the official after the Blues' dramatic and controversial west London derby defeat at QPR.

Villas-Boas revealed he was "very aggressive" with Foy upon accosting him post-match at Loftus Road, and accused the referee who sent off two of his players of failing to treat both teams equally.

"I'm not happy with the difference of treatment - I don't think the same treatment was applied," said Villas-Boas, who hit out at what he claimed was the unfair treatment of his side this season.

"Three of the games played by Chelsea were influenced by the referee, and this is not Premier League level.

"You have to trust human error, but it's a big pattern for us. Things are not going our way.

"Conspiracy theories can lead to bans and lead to you calling us cry babies, and we're not. But it keeps happening.

"We're showing commitment and strength. Hopefully, things will go our way."

QPR won the game 1-0 thanks to a Heidar Helguson penalty that was awarded for a daft David Luiz challenge in the eighth minute.

Foy then controversially sent of Jose Bosingwa for a last-man challenge and was left with no choice but to dismiss Didier Drogba for a two-footed lunge.

He booked seven more Chelsea players, meaning the club can expect an FA fine.

Villas-Boas had no problem with the penalty or Drogba dismissal but insisted Bosingwa should not have gone for a last-man challenge as John Terry was in a position to cover.

He also claimed his own side should have had a spot-kick for a tug on Lampard and hailed them for their performance with nine men.

"We were superior throughout the game, even with nine men - the best opportunities fell to us," he said after watching his side blow the chance to leapfrog Manchester United and cut the six-point gap to Manchester City.

The win was QPR's first against their arch-rivals for 16 years and was also their first Premier League home victory since promotion.

Manager Neil Warnock said: "It's the greatest day of my career, because of the importance to the fans.

"They'll be talking about this in 30 or 40 years. We've shocked a few people today, especially the bookies."

Warnock had to deal with yet another diva-like strop from Adel Taarabt after substituting the enigmatic playmaker in the second half.

"I had a chat after when I went on the pitch," he said.

"He's got to understand it's a team game.

"He's a little kid, he takes his toys home."

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