Neil Warnock says Chelsea players influenced referee


First Garry Monk, now Neil Warnock.

The Crystal Palace boss is the latest manager to call out the league’s referees, saying official Craig Pawson was influenced by Chelsea players.

Craig Pawson had never issued a red card in the Premier League, but went to this pocket early and often in the match, producing two red cards before halftime.

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Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea was shown a straight red in the 40th minute for a studs up challenge on Mile Jedinak. Clearly a dangerous tackle, Pawson had no choice but to send off the defender, although a skirmish between the sides still broke out.

Just three minutes later, Palace defender Damien Delaney was shown his second yellow to even the sides at ten men apiece.

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After the match, Neil Warnock offered his opinion on the referee’s performance, specifically referencing a tackle by John Terry that Warnock believed deserved a booking.

 Silly thing to do, to give the referee a decision to make. Even if the team [Chelsea] surrounded the ref. I thought they influenced him at times today, but he’s young. Inexperience, I guess. If that was my player, I thought John Terry would have been booked for definite. I thought the ref left a lot to be desired.”

Warnock is the second manager to criticize a referee’s performance after this weekend’s games after Swansea City boss Garry Monk went on a bit of a tear in his post-match interview following a 2-1 loss to Stoke City.

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Monk called the referee’s decision to award Stoke a penalty “absolutely disgusting” and claimed official’s have had it out for his Swansea side all season long.

Adding Neil Warnock to the list of upset managers, it will be interesting if the FA hands down any punishment for their words.