John Terry frustrated by 'really bad' Champions League referees



Posted Sunday, March 21, 2010 by theguardian.com

John Terry frustrated by 'really bad' Champions League referees
John Terry argues with referee Wolfgang Stark during Chelsea's loss to Inter in the Champions League.

John Terry has risked the wrath of Uefa by criticising the refereeing of Chelsea's crucial games in the Champions League. In the wake of defeat by Internazionale on Tuesday, the Chelsea captain said: "It was a bad performance by us but a really bad performance from the referee.

"It is not good enough at this stage of the competition. We were at home and we didn't get one decision. We do our best to get ourselves in this position and for two years running we get let down by bad refereeing."

Terry was unhappy that the German referee, Markus Stark, turned down strong penalty appeals. "I'm not going to say the word conspiracy. But I'm so frustrated by what happened. The penalty on Didier Drogba was blatant and how the referee and linesman miss those decisions frustrates me."

Last season the Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo ignored four strong penalty claims as Chelsea were knocked out by Barcelona.

The Chelsea captain also claimed that Stark had failed to show respect during Tuesday's game. "When a decision didn't go our way I, as captain, went to speak to the German referee and he turned his back on me," said Terry. "I wasn't shouting. I went to try to talk to him and when he wouldn't talk that is when I got frustrated. That is just pure disrespect."

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