THAT WAS A RE­FIN’ JOKE! AVB slams Man United ‘off­side’ goals

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By MATT JOHN­SON

AN­DRE VIL­LAS-BOAS has com­plained to ref­er­ees’ chief Mike Ri­ley about the per­for­mance of the of­fi­cials in Chelsea’s Premier League de­feat at Manch­ester United.

Vil­las-Boas is still smart­ing at the man­ner of his first loss in charge of the Blues and his first de­feat in a league game for 17 months.

Chelsea fell 2-0 be­hind at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day to goals which re­plays showed should not have stood as both scor­ers had been off­side, with United even­tu­ally run­ning out 3-1 win­ners.

Vil­las-Boas said: “Very, very un­happy with a poor per­for­mance from the ref­er­ees, which in the end had a de­ci­sive role in the re­sult – and I don’t take it very, very lightly.

“You ex­pect the lines­man to do his job. I al­ready went fur­ther ahead with the sit­u­a­tion by speak­ing to the cor­rect peo­ple.”

Vil­las-Boas added: “We all feel very, very down when the ref­eree had such an im­pact on the re­sult.”

Chelsea were also let down by their own waste­ful­ness in front of goal, with Fer­nando Tor­res pro­duc­ing one of the worst misses in Premier League his­tory.

Vil­las-Boas re­fused to com­ment on his £50mil­lion striker’s state of mind, say­ing: “It’s not a ques­tion about an in­di­vid­ual player.

“I’m very, very happy with how the team re­sponded.

“Ev­ery­body is strong and with the cor­rect frame of mind.”

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