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Last Updated: Monday, 11 December 2006, 12:34 GMT
Gilberto criticises Blues conduct
Ashley Cole (c)
Chelsea players confront referee Alan Wiley
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has criticised Chelsea for putting referee Alan Wiley under pressure by repeatedly surrounding him in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

When Ashley Cole received a first-half booking, a number of Chelsea players grouped round Wiley and Blues boss Jose Mourinho marched down the touchline.

"They should respect the referee more," Gilberto told BBC Radio Five Live.

"All their fouls there were two, three, four players around the referee putting him under pressure.

In the second half, following an incident involving Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Wiley waved away a number of Blues players as the referee spoke to his linesmen.

Gilberto added: "It's not good because the referee tried to do his best. If he is under pressure it is much more difficult.

"They know the referee was doing his job very, very well.

"Especially when Ashley Cole got booked, they tried to put him under pressure to book our players. It's not the kind of game everybody wants to see."

Chelsea captain John Terry is currently facing a Football Association improper conduct charge following comments he made about referee Graham Poll.

Terry claimed Poll had given him conflicting reasons for his second yellow card in the 2-1 defeat against Tottenham on 5 November.

He has until 15 December to respond to the charge.



SEE ALSO
Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
10 Dec 06 |  Premiership
Terry to fight FA conduct charge
30 Nov 06 |  Chelsea


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