More backing for Rafa

Chelsea manager Felipe Scolari has joined Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in supporting Rafa Benitez’s recent outburst regarding the Football Association’s handling of Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s fixture list.

At the turn of the year, Benitez publicly explained how Ferguson is the only manager in the Premier League who gets away with complaining about official decisions. He also made several points about United’s fixture list being favourable to them in terms of time of preparation between matches.

Recently Wenger made his agreement with Benitez’s comments public when he compared United’s current fixture congestion to his side’s. United’s allowed much more time between games than the North London club’s, until Everton and Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round replay forced United’s Premier League meeting with the Toffees back 48 hours this weekend.

Now, ahead of Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, Blues boss Scolari has revealed his position on the matter.

The former Brazil and Portugal coach says, “It’s one of his ideas and I haven’t spoken to him about it. Maybe I will at the weekend. I understand. I understand very well.

“I understand that, sometimes, when we play there (at Old Trafford) and at Stamford Bridge, I know what happens.”

Liverpool vs Chelsea kicks off at 4pm this Sunday, February 1st and is live on Sky Sports.