Chelsea boss Di Matteo claims Man Utd get favourable treatment from referees

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has claimed that Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson are favoured by referees when it comes to important decisions during a match, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United and Chelsea are engaged in a round of verbal sparring following their controversial meeting in the Premier League a week ago, which saw two Chelsea players – Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres – sent off, a Javier Hernandez goal allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be offside, and an alleged incident between referee Mark Clattenburg and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Ferguson has publically backed Clattenburg, insisting that he does not believe the referee would have made the racial remark he is alleged to have used towards Mikel, while Clattenburg also strenuously denies the claim.

Di Matteo has however said that he believes Ferguson and his team are subconsciously favoured by referees when they are faced by decisions that could go either way yet have a large bearing over the outcome of a fixture.

He added: “I think there is a lot of evidence that United get all the big decisions. There are some feelings in general but I don’t think they (referees) do that with a purpose it’s just part of their decision making and it seems to go in one direction.

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