Neil Warnock criticises referee Craig Pawson after Chelsea defeat

Warnock criticises referee
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Neil Warnock criticises the performance of referee Craig Pawson following Crystal Palace's 2-1 loss against Chelsea in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has criticised referee Craig Pawson following his side's 2-1 loss against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Pawson sent off Palace defender Damien Delaney for a second bookable offence after he tugged back Loic Remy just before half time.

After the match, Warnock told reporters: "The one thing I've not missed when I've been doing my media work, I've not missed performances like that. We played really well and it's overshadowed by a poor performance by the referee.

"John Terry doesn't get booked and he books Damien Delaney and I think it's ridiculous. I thought he was influenced today. Delaney got a touch to the ball in the first booking, the second one Remy dives and then you have four Chelsea players surrounding the referee. I thought those days were gone - banned. I think the four lads around him made his mind up for him. It takes away from the performance. I thought they did really well. It's so disappointing.

"I don't think the referee has a defence today. I don't really want to talk about him. All things being even, I thought we would have got a result."

Blues right-back Cesar Azpilicueta also saw red during the first half of the London derby.

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar celebrates scoring the opening goal during tthe English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on October 18, 2014
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