Figures put together by Football Association Fair Play delegates suggest that Chelsea are the worst-behaved team in the Premier League when it comes to respecting officials.
According to The Telegraph, the Blues show match officials the least respect and are second-worst at behaviour of club staff on the touchline.
The delegates who compiled the statistics attend every top-flight fixture and mark sides for their behaviour.
Liverpool are shown to show the most respect to officials, while only Sunderland scored worse than the west London outfit for the way in which club staff conduct themselves, while West Bromwich Albion scored highest in that category.
The stats are an unwelcome distraction for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s crucial home clash with rivals Manchester United.
Mourinho’s men are on course to win the title and are eight points clear of the Red Devils with a game in hand, but Chelsea have been in stuttering form of late and will be anxious to get over the finishing line as soon as possible.
The fact that a negative story has been published in the build-up to one of the biggest fixtures of the campaign, against one of the form teams in the country, will not please the Portugese.