Date: 22nd September 2008 at 6:34pm
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Luiz Felipe Scolari wasn’t surprised by the amount of yellow cards Mike Riley dished out yesterday. Seven United players were booked, leading to Fergie questioning the ref.

Scolari, however, with unbelievable cheek, stated that if the referee is not respected then this is bound to happen.

‘I’m not surprised there were so many bookings.

‘The referee is there for that reason. If players don’t respect him then he will show yellow card or red cards.

‘It is the same for everyone – Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United.’


No, it’s not and you know it and Mike Riley knows it as well. After all, he was the one who failed to send off Ashley Cole who almost ripped his head off at White Hart Lane last season.

I don’t think, for example, that John Terry ever got a yellow card for dissent – and the cards he earns by rugby tackles are overturned. Meanwhile, Ronaldo got a yellow when he didn’t even open his mouth. Call that fair?

A Chelsea boss talking about respect to referees is like Arsene Wenger talking about bad eyesight or like Benitez slamming negative football: it takes some hypocrisy to do it. But it looks like there’s a great supply of that at Stamford Bridge.