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Di Matteo: Officials treat Chelsea harshly

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo says he thinks that his club are being unjustly targeted by referees, as the controversy between the club and officials only grows.

With the European champions already having lodged an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg over "inappropriate language" at a Chelsea player during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, Di Matteo also feels there has been a notably lack of consistency in games involving his team, in contrast to other clubs.

On Sunday, all the controversy was preceded by Clattenburg sending off two of the Italian's players. It was the second time in just over a year that has happened to Chelsea, with two of their players also dismissed in the equally controversial 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on October 23, 2011, which resulted in the John Terry case.

"It's incredible we got two players sent off in one game," Di Matteo said. "At QPR, one was correct and one was probably not correct. And on Sunday, one was harsh and probably correct and the second one was 100% not correct, so it's incredible that always it's Chelsea Football Club. So maybe that's something to think about, you know.

"We just want to be treated fairly by everybody. Nobody is talking about the handball in the second half [in Wednesday's 5-4 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United] when we should have had a penalty.

"I think the referees should be going into the games with the most confidence they can have. You know we're under pressure here – the players, the officials, the coaching staff – to perform, and I don't think there is any prejudice from that point of view."

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