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Blackburn boss Hughes: Big clubs get ref favours

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes reiterated his belief that top clubs receive preferential treatment from referees after watching Grand Slam Sunday.

Hughes, whose side host Arsene Wenger's men in the Carling Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, questioned Alan Wiley's failure to brandish any red cards in the Gunners' 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Wiley booked nine players in a game which featured several ferocious challenges from both sides - but Hughes insisted his own players would not have escaped so lightly.

"Arsenal are a strong side and they certainly get their foot in," said Hughes.

"I watched the game yesterday and some of the tackles that were flying in were tackles that, maybe if Blackburn Rovers players were making similar tackles, then there would have been red cards involved.

"But maybe the top teams get a little bit of the benefit of the doubt in regards to how referees actually interpret things.

"Time and time again, I see referees calling over to big-name players and telling them just to calm down and have a stern word with them.

"We seem to get involved in games where we just get yellow cards straight away.

"We don't have little chit-chats with the referee; the yellow and the red cards come out straight away.

"There is a feeling, possibly, from our point of view that maybe referees interpret the way we play rather differently to how they interpret other teams."

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