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Scolari seeking Dean apology
01 Dec 2008 - 07:30:53
Chelsea head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari asked for an apology from referee Mike Dean after seeing his side beaten 2-1 at home by Premier League title rivals Arsenal.
Scolari was upset at the award of the Gunners' equaliser, which was netted by Robin van Persie from a clearly offside position.
The Dutchman then added to Scolari's misery by scoring the winner for the visitors, who hauled themselves back into the title race as a consequence.
The Brazilian fumed: "Have you ever heard me speak about referees any time in the games I have been here?
"Never, in 15 in the Premier League, four in the Champions League, the Carling Cup, I have not said anything, but this is different.
"I do not want the referee to make something different - I want only after tomorrow that he looks at the television, that the referee and the linesman see they are wrong and they say 'sorry'.
"That is all I want, no more, because they were not good and made a mistake, which I understand. I do not want three points, all I want is them to say sorry it was a mistake.
"He is human and he can make a mistake, but the offside has killed my team.
"I just want them to say they are wrong, because I am wrong when I put some players in, or the players are wrong when they make a mistake in front of goal or are not covering.
"These are all wrong, but the referee is never wrong. I do not think they came here to deliberately make a mistake against us.
"It is difficult to play for my team after this, because they lost their concentration. The offside killed my team.
"We lost today because one goal was not a goal and it was a goal which changed the result."