Dan Petrescu blasts Roman Abramovich

Roberto Di Matteo waves in April 2012
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Dan Petrescu hits out at Roman Abramovich for the sacking of former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu has slammed the club's owner Roman Abramovich for his sacking of old teammate Roberto Di Matteo.

The Italian was given the Blues job permanently in the summer having guided the side to FA Cup and Champions League successes as caretaker manager last term.

However, Di Matteo was then replaced by Rafael Benitez after a run of two wins from eight games earlier this campaign, but Petrescu thinks that the dismissal was harsh.

"I think Abramovich made a wrong decision because Roberto is a really good guy who deserved to stay," said Petrescu.

"He was a good player and everyone could see that he did a great job at the club. I'm really sorry for him and I hope he'll find his place in football."

Chelsea travel to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday.

Royals boss Brian McDermott before kickoff on December 22, 2012
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