Di Matteo tells Man Utd boss Ferguson to stop talking about Chelsea

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has advised his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson to stop talking about the Stamford Bridge side, the Guardian has reported.

Ferguson has been vocal in his opinions over the Mark Clattenburg-John Obi Mikel row as well as a number of other issues of late, but Di Matteo feels Ferguson would be better off keeping his counsel and letting Chelsea handle matters in their own way.

Di Matteo agreed with the suggestion that Ferguson’s comments over the issue between Clattenburg and Mikel have not been helpful as investigations into what – if anything – was said by the referee towards the midfielder. Chelsea claim Clattenburg made a racial remark towards the Nigeria international. Clattenburg denies the allegation.

The Chelsea manager added that Ferguson is not in a position to comment on relations with referees as his United side are regularly the beneficiaries of debateable decisions. Di Matteo continued: “We take into consideration what other people say and use it as a motivational tool for ourselves. It is a free country and everybody can say what they want. [Ferguson] likes to talk about other clubs; we tend not to. I’ll leave it up to him.

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