Chelsea manager blames referee for ManU win

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{image-avram grant_15052008.jpg}London, May 15 : Chelsea manager Avram Grant is facing a disrepute charge after claiming that match referee Steve Bennett helped Manchester United win the Premier League title.

Bennett oversaw United's 2-0 title clincher at Wigan on Sunday but Grant said: "In England there are very good referees but some you can influence." According to The Sun, Grant has accused Bennett of failing to award Chelsea a penalty for a Rio Ferdinand handball, but later gave United a spot-kick from which they scored. He also said that Bennett did not send off United midfielder Paul Scholes for a second foul on Wilson Palacios.

"I believe in the tradition of the fair English game. I will not say anything against it. But what happened is what I expected. Paul Scholes should have been shown a red card and Wigan awarded a penalty," Grant was quoted, as saying.

Asked if he is glad about Bennett not overseeing the Champions League final, Grant said: "I can say it like this - yes."


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