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Grant convinced Chelsea players targeted by refs

Chelsea boss Avram Grant is convinced they're being targeted by match officials this season.

He said: "I think the hand is on whistle too easy against us. All the red cards are too easy, they are not red cards. I saw what happened with Michael Essien.

"There are no pockets, so what can he do with his hands? He didn't do anything wrong and it wasn't a red card.

"I just know the facts. The red card against Man Utd (Mikel John Obi) was not a red card, the red card against Fulham was not a red card for Didier Drogba and the red card for Michael was not a red card.

"It cost us points in two of those games but I don't think it is fair. I don't know what the reason is but I see the facts - the red cards are too easily being given against us.

"The same things happen with other players and there is no red card."

Grant was equally defensive over the allegations that Chelsea's players were again guilty of putting pressure on a match official.

He declared: "Even the red card in our game against Man Utd, the first player who went to the referee was a Man Utd player. The red card on Saturday, if you see the players of Derby, they went to him before my players.

"Something is too easy against Chelsea. We need to think about it together.

"I want to do something in a positive way with the FA but we need to do something. There are good referees in England but not all the refs are the same.

"My players were not happy with Essien's red card and I wasn't happy. It was an unfair decision. We are an easy target."

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