Chelsea wanted me not to book their players: Danish referee

April 12th, 2009 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS  

Chelsea London, April 11 (IANS) Danish referee, who officiated Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Liverpool last Wednesday, made a shocking revelation that a Stamford Bridge official had told him the club would not welcome bookings of their players who risked suspension for the return leg.
Claus Bo Larsen, the referee, said during a security meeting on the morning of the match “a representative from Chelsea said: ‘Claus Bo, you should just remember that we have some players who have a yellow card already and we are not so excited if they get one again’”.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Larsen was quoted in the Daily Express.

“We were quite shocked. I have been to more than 100 safety meetings and this is the first time I have experienced such a thing. Liverpool and Uefa and other people were there. I responded by saying that, if a player does something for a yellow card, then he gets a yellow card.”

Larsen booked the Chelsea captain John Terry, who now misses the return leg Tuesday, in the 61st minute at Anfield. Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka were also one booking away from suspension.

Chelsea admitted raising the issue but said they had not mentioned it solely in relation to their own players and denied any wrong doing. Liverpool’s Alvaro Arbeloa and Andrea Dossena werealso one card away from missing a game.

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