Di Matteo: I have faith in referees and I hope they don't treat Chelsea differently

The Blues boss has insisted that officials will be fair to his side, despite the west London club having rcently lodged a complaint to the FA over Mark Clattenburg
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has backed referees to treat his side fairly, despite the club's recent official complaint to the FA regarding alleged racist comments made by Mark Clattenburg.

The Blues lodged the formal complaint in the wake of their 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United, claiming that the 37-year-old referee had made racially abusive remarks towards John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

However, the Italian believes the saga will not influence Premier League officiating as far as matters on the pitch are concerned for his team.

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He told reporters: "I really hope referees won't treat Chelsea differently and I believe they won't. I have faith in them."

The Chelsea boss also insisted Mikel is in the right frame of mind despite the distraction Chelsea's complaint will bring, adding: "His frame of mind is good. He is focused on the training and the playing."

The Italian coach went on to underline the west London club's commitment to the main issue at hand - the fight against all forms of discrimination.

He added: "We are against any form of discrimination. We will support anybody who is fighting that."