Andre Villas-Boas could be hauled up in front of the FA charge after lambasted referee Chris Foy’s handling of events during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at QPR.
The match official dismissed Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba for first half fouls after awarding the home side a ninth-minute penalty that was converted by Heidar Helguson.
Villas-Boas revealed he confronted Foy after the game and his claim that the referee and his assistants failed to cope with the pressures of taking charge of an intense west London derby is unlikely to be well-received.
In addition to the two red cards, seven Chelsea players were booked, triggering an automatic fine for the club, but their manager focussed his attention on the performance of the referee.
“The referee was poor, very, very poor,” he said. “And it reflected in the result.
“I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him afterwards. I don’t care if he’s okay or not. Everyone can have a bad day, but this was not a bad day for us. It was a good day for us and a bad day for the referee.
“Conspiracy theories can lead to bans and lead to you calling us cry babies, and we’re not. But it keeps happening. We’re showing commitment and strength. Hopefully, things will go our way. Referee decisions will start going our way.”
Villas-Boas believes his side have suffered from a number of recent refereeing decisions and on this occasion questioned Foy’s consistency after awarding the penalty when David Luiz pushed Helguson.
He also insisted Bosingwa’s foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips was not deserving of a red card but accepted Drogba’s two footed lunge on Adel Taarabt merited a sending off.
“The penalty’s a penalty that could or could not be given,” he said.
“But if he gives a soft penalty like that, he has to give us a soft penalty. I don’t know the difference of the treatment. If you give a penalty like that, then he has to consider a lot of shoves in the opposite box.
“I have nothing to say about Didier’s sending off because it seems fair to me. But with Bosingwa, I think John Terry was in a position of cover so a yellow card would do.
“Apart from the fourth official, the other three were led by the emotions of the crowd and couldn’t deal with a game like this. I have to share my disappointment with what I saw.”
“It’s the third time in row where a referee has directly influenced the result for us and we’re not happy. In three games there have been blatant refereeing mistakes.”
The defeat leaves Villas-Boas’s side six point adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City but the manager insists there are positives to be drawn from the game.
“We have two clashes with City where we can make things up eventually. We didn’t profit from the Manchester derby, but this commitment gives us good signs towards the future.”
QPR moved into the top half of the table after their first home victory in the top flight since they were relegated in 1996.
“We had to show a lot of character and guts today,” said Rangers manager Neil Warnock.
“These top sides aren’t used to having their feathers ruffled. But that’s what you have to do when you’re a promoted side. They’ll be talking about this in 30 or 40 years. We’ve shocked a few people today – especially the bookies.”
The only blemish for Warnock was Adel Taarabt who reacted angrily to being substituted in the 61st minute three weeks after refusing to stay and watch his team-mates when he was replaced at half-time in the 6-0 defeat at Fulham.
“That disappointed me,” Warnock said. “I’ve told him it’s a team game and it’s not all about him.”