Chelsea today insisted they had every right to raise the issue of players on yellow cards with Champions League referee Claus Bo Larsen on the morning of their game with Liverpool.
The Blues defended their position after the Danish official claimed the club had said they would "not be so excited" if one of their players on a yellow card got another booking.
Three Chelsea players faced an automatic one-match suspension if they collected another yellow card during the quarter-final first-leg tie at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Man in the middle: Referee Claus Bo Larsen raised concerns over a pre-match approach from Chelsea officials warning about players already on bookings
Bo Larsen, who has been criticised for booking John Terry during Chelsea's 3-1 victory over the Reds, said Chelsea secretary David Barnard raised the matter during a UEFA organisational meeting on Wednesday morning.
But in a statement, Chelsea said the meeting was an appropriate moment to point out that a number of players, including two from Liverpool, were one booking away from a ban.