Wigan boss Paul Jewell has claimed a Premiership club asked not to have controversial referee Phil Dowd in charge of their matches.
Jewell may be punished by the FA
Jewell is facing an FA improper conduct charge for his rant at Dowd at Arsenal on 11 February.
"We can't as a club say we don't want him but I know a certain club that has asked," he told the Daily Mail.
"I know they didn't have him when they should have this season. Maybe some clubs have more influence than others."
The Latics boss also claimed he had received support from his peers and even from another referee over the Dowd affair.
"I've continued to receive loads of support, in particular from people within the game, especially other managers," said Jewell.
"But I had an interesting one yesterday from a referee. He's sent me a cheque for £25 towards my defence.
"That's just one of the hundreds of e-mails and letters the club has received. It shows an injustice was done."