24 Oct 2011

Villas-Boas risks FA wrath in referee rant

5:51 pm on 24 October 2011

Chelsea football coach Andre Villas-Boas risks a Football Association charge after he delivered a fiercely critical assessment of referee Chris Foy's performance during the Blues' 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

The match official dismissed Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba for first half fouls after awarding the home side a ninth-minute penalty that was converted by Heidar Helguson.

Villas-Boas revealed he confronted Foy after the game and his claim that the referee and his assistants failed to cope with the pressures of taking charge of an intense west London derby is unlikely to be well-received.

In addition to the two red cards, seven Chelsea players were booked, triggering an automatic fine for the club, but their manager focused his attention on the performance of the referee, who he says was very, very poor and it reflected in the result.

Villas-Boas admits he was very aggressive to Foy afterwards He says everyone can have a bad day, but this was not a bad day for Chelsea - it was a good day for Chelsea and a bad day for the referee.