Gilberto: No respect
By Robin Slater
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal's Gilberto Silva has accused Chelsea of not giving Alan Wiley enough respect.
Arsenal's stand-in captain Gilberto has accused Chelsea of failing to give referee Alan Wiley enough respect after the eventful 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The game turned sour after former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole was booked in the first half for a tackle on Alexander Hleb which caused the Chelsea players to surround referee Wiley.
Gilberto insists that the pressure put on Wiley by both the Chelsea players and their manager Jose Mourinho sets them apart from the other clubs in the Premiership.
The World Cup winner said: "On all their fouls there were three or four players around the referee putting him under pressure.
"It is not the type of game that everyone wants to see. Until now, they are the only team I have seen do this.
"This is not good because you put the referee under pressure and then he makes a mistake and they criticise him after the game. He was doing his job and you do your job on the pitch."
The midfielder was also unhappy at the way the Chelsea players tried to get Cesc Fabregas booked just minutes after Cole was yellow-carded.
"The referee tries to do his best but if he is under pressure it is much more difficult. They know he was doing his job very well but, especially when Cole got booked, they tried to put him under pressure to book our players."
The match reached its most calamitous point when two of the more eccentric players clashed with each other producing theatrics any drama student would be proud of.
"I didn't see it but I asked Jens (Lehmann) and he said it was nothing, that they just pushed each other and then (Didier) Drogba fell over," said Gilberto.