Chelsea chief slams UEFA

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Chelsea chief accused UEFA of undermining the club's integrity and failing to give the club a chance to defend itself on disrepute charges.

London:

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon today accused UEFA of undermining the club's integrity and failing to give the club a chance to defend itself on disrepute charges. Chelsea also threatened to take the case to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport if the club is unhappy with the outcome of the March 31 hearing. "Our defense has been dismissed before it has even been considered," Kenyon said in a strongly worded statement. "Our witnesses have been branded as liars without any opportunity to be heard or defend themselves. That offends all principles of justice both in England and across Europe," he said. European soccer's governing body has cited Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho, assistant Steve Clarke and security official Les Miles for "bringing the game into disrepute". The charge stems from allegations by Mourinho that Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard influenced referee Anders Frisk at halftime of a Champions League match against Chelsea last month. UEFA accused Chelsea of making "false, wrong and unfounded claims". UEFA's director of communications, William Gaillard, has all but accused Chelsea of lying. (AP)

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