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Furious Scolari wants ref apology

Scolari believes Van Persie's goal should not have stood

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has demanded an apology from the match officials over Robin van Persie's first goal in the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal.

The Dutch striker's first of two goals appeared to be offside but the goal was allowed to stand by referee Mike Dean.

Scolari said: "I want only after tomorrow that he (Dean) looks at the TV and the referee and the linesman see they are wrong and they say sorry.

"That is all I want, no more, because they were not good and made a mistake."

The Football Association confirmed it would not be taking any action over Scolari's comments.

Television replays appeared to show Van Persie in an offside position after Denilson had played him in on the edge of the penalty area.

However, Van Persie drilled his effort past Petr Cech, before grabbing the Gunners' winner three minutes later with a neat, low finish on the turn.

Chelsea, who remain top of the Premier League, had taken the lead through Johan Djourou's own goal but succumbed to Arsenal's quick double in the second half and fell to their second home defeat this season.

606: DEBATE

And Scolari attributed the latest loss to the performance of the officials.

"We need a referee that comes to Stamford Bridge who referees for both sides, not just for one," added the Brazilian.

"Have you ever heard me speak about referees any time in the games I have been here? Never, in 15 in the Premier League, four in the Champions League, the Carling Cup, I have not said anything but today is different.

"I do not want three points, all I want is them to say sorry it was a mistake because in the first half the same linesman made a mistake against us with Salomon Kalou.

"He is human and he can make a mistake but the offside has killed my team. I just want them to say they are wrong because I am wrong when I put some players in or the players are wrong when they make a mistake in front of goal or are not covering.

"These are all wrong but the referee is never wrong. I do not think they came here to deliberately make a mistake against us.

"It is difficult for my team to play after this because they lost their concentration. The offside killed my team.

"We lost because one goal was not a goal and it was a goal that changed the result. If we won, Arsenal would have been 13 points behind us and their championship would have been finished."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the style of the win at Stamford Bridge showed his side's strength of character, despite their recent problems.

Wenger praised his side's spirit following the Gunners' victory

The furore over former Gunners captain William Gallas's public criticisms of some team-mates had cast doubt on their credentials.

But Wenger stated: "It was a fantastic win. We've had a bad period in the League and we were 1-0 down and still won.

"There's no better test of character. I told the team to keep the pace and last longer than they did and keep strong."

The win took Arsenal up to fourth place in the Premier League but Wenger was playing down the suggestion that it put the Gunners back among the title contenders.

"It was much better but we are still not close enough," he insisted.

"We can gain belief after beating Manchester United and now Chelsea away. That shows we have potential and character. We have now to be humble and come back tomorrow and do our job."

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see also
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
30 Nov 08 |  Premier League
Sunday's football photos
30 Nov 08 |  Football
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30 Nov 08 |  Premier League
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28 Nov 08 |  Chelsea


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