It seems that the Stoke chairman Peter Coates felt extremely hard done by when Chelsea visited them last month.
Florent Malouda scored Chelsea’s winner deep into stoppage time, and Coates thinks that the top clubs are given extra time to get a winner when visiting lower clubs.
They have compiled a report which shows that when top teams are not winning against Stoke, there is an average of five minutes added on to the match, but when Stoke are losing, they only get three minutes over the ninety.
Stoke Manager Tony Pulis said: “I think we all accept the biggest clubs have an advantage because of their greater financial resources, but it is important teams are treated equally.”
But not only that. Coates has made a video of highlights from the match where Chelsea have consistently ignored the new RESPECT rules, and surrounded the referee in numbers. The video records seven occasions when Chelsea broke the rules and Coates sent this recording to Premier League general secretary Mike Foster and referees’ chief Keith Hackett.
Coates has been told that if he wants Chelsea to be punished then he needs to send it to the FA’s disciplinary Board for review.
He is considering his options.
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