Belfast Telegraph

Villas-Boas fined for ref comments

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been fined £12,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the Football Association over his attack on referee Chris Foy after the west London derby defeat away to QPR.

Villas-Boas was found guilty of improper conduct by an independent regulatory commission for the comments made after the Blues' controversial 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Loftus Road on October 23.

The Chelsea manager has requested written reasons for the guilty verdict and fine before deciding whether to appeal.

The 34-year-old had denied the FA charge but elected not to plead his case in front of the regulatory commission.

Villas-Boas admitted after last month's game he had been "very aggressive" with Foy after accosting him post-match, and accused the official who sent off two of his players of failing to treat the teams equally.

The Portuguese called referees' chief Mike Riley to complain about the performance of the officials at Loftus Road, something he also did after September's defeat at Manchester United.

Speaking after the QPR game, Villas-Boas said: "The ref was poor, very very poor. And it reflected in the result.

"I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don't care if he's okay or not. Everyone can have a bad day, but this was not a bad day for us. It was a good day for us and a bad day for the referee."

Foy had controversially sent off Jose Bosingwa for what he deemed a last-man challenge before dismissing striker Didier Drogba for a two-footed lunge.

The referee booked seven more Chelsea players, with the club fined £20,000 after admitting to a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.


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