Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hinted at favouritism towards Manchester United after bemoaning the fact that his side were not handed a penalty in the goalless draw at Newcastle United.
The Blues could have cut United's gap at the top of the table to one point with victory at St James' Park, but were unable to break down Glenn Roeder's side in a tight encounter.
Mourninho was adamant that Magpies defender Stephen Carr handled the ball inside the penalty area though, and insisted Middlesbrough should have won a late penalty at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
He blasted: "The circumstances are difficult for us with the new football rules that we have to face.
"It is not possible to have a penalty against Manchester United. It is not possible to have a penalty in favour of Chelsea.
"We should have had a penalty involving Stephen Carr, it was a clear penalty.
"I have the right to speak. I think nobody can punish me because I speak the truth and I am not saying the referees are not honest.
"But yesterday was a penalty and today was a penalty - and if somebody wants to punish me for that it means the end of democracy and we go back to old times.
"It was a chance missed to close the gap. But at the same time we had an away game and Man United had a home game and at the end of it the gap between us is the same. I do not think it is a drama.
"The target has been for a long time to finish this period - we have three of our last four matches at home and Man United have three of their four away - in a condition to be champions."