Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today slammed referee Kevin Friend after defeat at Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho claimed his opposite number lacked maturity.
Branislav Ivanovic’s winner in the Blues’ 2-1 victory came just two minutes after he dodged a red card for an elbow on Christian Benteke.
John Terry’s injury-time handball also went unpunished with Villa’s claims for a penalty ignored by Leicestershire ref Friend.
And Lambert was left baffled by the decisions which he felt cost the claret and blues a point at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “It was a clear elbow on Christian, it was a sending-off and the referee was in the vicinity.
“These are major decisions. You’re asked to officiate and you miss two huge moments.
"It was a flying elbow and I saw the penalty, everyone did, how can you miss that magnitude of a decision? It’s beyond me.
“It’s easy to come on and have sour grapes because you have lost but it’s there for everyone to see.”
The managers clashed on the touchline over decisions and Mourinho, who defended Friend, has told Lambert to cool it.
He said: “Paul has a certain type of personality. He reminds me of me 10 years ago where I was complaining about every decision.
"I wanted to coach my team and at the same time have a whistle. He will mature.
"He is a young manager, very intelligent and plays well with the qualities of his players. I wish him well.”
Villa recovered from Antonio Luna’s early own goal to hit back through Benteke’s third goal of the season right on half-time.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech twice denied Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor also went close.
Villa failed to repeat their 3-1 opening day win at Arsenal but Lambert praised his men’s efforts.
He said: “I am so proud of my team. They were absolutely outstanding."