Scolari's fury at referee

Last updated : 01 December 2008 By Paul Lagan

Luiz Felipe threw his dummy out of the water by blasting referee Mike Dean and linesman John Stokes for his side's defeat at home to Arsenal.

Having gone 1-0 up through a Johan Djourou own goal, Chelsea lost the game when a Robin Van Persie brace turned the game on its head and sent the league leaders to their second home defeat of the season.

Scolari fumed: Normally I never speak about referees at all. But today, it is different. I want the referee to say that he was wrong and say sorry."

Scolari's fury was well founded as Van Persie was clearly offside for Arsenal's opening goal. The TV replay showing the Dutchman at least a metre offside.

"I want nothing more from them. They are not God - they must say sorry," added Scolari.

"The linesman [Stokes] made two mistakes against us and after their first goal we lost concentration in the second half.

The first mistake Scolari talked about was flagging Salomon Kalou offside when he was clean through on goal.

"The offside goal [of Van Persie] killed my team," he went on.

"To have won, we would have put Arsenal out of the title race. Van Persie was more than one metre offside.

Scolari then ventured that perhaps things were destined not to go Chelsea's way.

"Maybe it was a mistake for one time, but two times?," queried the Brazilian.

"I want the FA and the ref to come out and say they were wrong.

"But the refs are never wrong," he said in an almost sarcastic tone.

When pressed again as to the potential accusation of bias by the officials against Chelsea, Scolari said. "The linesman made two honest mistakes, they were not deliberate.

Calming down only slightly, Scolari went on to say: "We did not play well. When we lost the first goal.

"I now have one week to work with these players.

"I might play the same team against Bolton Wanderers next week.

"I don't know why we are not playing as well as we did in September - the players are in good condition.

"When I looked at last season's statistics, I saw that we lost goals from set plays. So I will have to start and try again to sort that out.

"When we play away to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, I have told my players we must win the games. And I want to win more games at home."

For his part Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was delighted with the victory.

"This was a massive win for us. We lost three games unexpectedly and to lose today would have put us out of the title race it would have bee too many points to make up.

"But it was a test of character. We were unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time.

"We won the midfield in the second half and now are just seven points behind - it's not impossible.

"We need to focus in all the games like we did today.

"It's now down to our desire.

"The players are in a learning process. They are young and have to understand they need to win when not on the edge.

"We need to win against the so-called lesser sides.

"The youngsters need to find the resources to win these games.

"William Gallas was amazing.

"He comes out of this period with credit. He had an outstanding performance.

"Song in midfield gives us added strength.

"Chelsea started stronger but we came into the game - then we lost the first goal.

"At half-time I told the players to not worry about the score but to continue to play with a high tempo.

"We got closer to them in midfield and that changed the game."