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Grant seeks red card talks
28 Nov 2007 - 07:04:52
Avram Grant claims Chelsea are being victimised by referees and is seeking talks with the Football Association to discuss their recent spate of red cards.
Grant has seen John Obi Mikel, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien dismissed in the eight Premier League matches he has been at the helm since replacing Jose Mourinho in September.
The Israeli coach was particularly unhappy that an appeal over Essien's red card - awarded late on in the 2-0 defeat of Derby County last weekend - was rejected and he is seeking talks with the FA to discuss his side's recent disciplinary problems.
Grant's mood was not helped by a subsequent charge of failing to control their players after several of Essien's team-mates surrounded referee Andre Marriner after his weekend dismissal.
"I think the hand is on whistle too easy against us. All the red cards are too easy, they are not red cards. I saw what happened with Michael Essien," he said.
"There are no pockets, so what can he do with his hands? He didn't do anything wrong and it wasn't a red card.
"I just know the facts. The red card against Man United (Mikel's) was not a red card, the red card against Fulham was not a red card for Didier Drogba and the red card for Michael was not a red card.
"It cost us points in two of those games but I don't think it is fair. I don't know what the reason is but I see the facts - the red cards are too easily being given against us.
"The same things happen with other players and there is no red card.
"I want to do something in a positive way with the FA but we need to do something.
"My players were not happy with Essien's red card and I wasn't happy. It was an unfair decision. We are an easy target."