Boss hopes referee can cope with big match atmosphere against ChelseaFulham manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he feels that big teams such as Chelsea do get the benefit from referees over certain decisions.
The Cottagers boss takes his side to Stamford Bridge to play the Premier League champions on Wednesday and is hoping that referee Martin Atkinson will not succumb to the big match atmosphere.
Atkinson came under fire from Stoke City manager Tony Pulis last week, after failing to spot Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole’s handball that denied Kenwyne Jones’ header, which led Pulis to suggest that the worst referees in the league should be relegated.
However, Hughes didn’t go that far in criticising referees but did suggest that the big teams do get most of the decisions from the officials.
"Do big clubs get the benefit of decisions?” Hughes said.
“As a player at Manchester United I would have said absolutely not. But as a manager going up against the so-called Big Four clubs, I have a different view, possibly.
"There's a natural tendency, it's human nature. Sometimes the consequences of giving a decision against a big side are too much for some referees to take. It's difficult for them.
"There's no way I'm questioning the integrity because it's split-second decisions and it's human nature sometimes that you take the easy option."
"You just want consistency in decisions and most of the season you will get that,” he added.
“But where a decision actually affects the outcome of the result, those are the ones you want the referees to get correct and of late it seems too many of them have been given incorrect.
"I'm not for one minute saying that we get badly treated in terms of refereeing decisions.
"We've had a number that have gone against us but there are a number of clubs aggrieved by decisions that are made against them."
Fulham will be without Mexican defender Carlos Salcido for the game on Wednesday having suffered an ankle ligament injury in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday, while Damien Duff is likely to come in for the game at Stamford Bridge.
The worrying statistic for many supporters is the fact that Fulham have never beaten their rivals in the Premier League.
"You have to be positive. Too many teams go to the likes of Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and they are beaten before they go on the pitch. That is not the attitude or the mentality I want from my team," Hughes added.
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