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Cattermole: 'Referees are out to get me'

Cattermole: 'Referees are out to get me'
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Sunderland's Lee Cattermole believes that he has to change his bad-boy reputation.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole believes that he is being targeted by referees because of his bad-boy image.

The 23-year-old has been booked three times this season and was forced to be substituted during the side's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion before the international break.

"I feel like they [the referees] are out there for me at the minute," Cattermole said.

"Maybe it's my stupid mistakes in the past that have got me that reputation, so I can't sit here and blame everyone else.

"I have to get rid of that reputation, but it's so hard at the minute when I find myself getting a succession of soft yellow cards."

The midfielder has received 47 bookings and five red cards since 2005.

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