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Chris Coleman says he will ask for Mark Halsey not to referee Fulham games in future after he was infuriated by the decisions that went against his side in their derby defeat by Chelsea.

The Fulham boss, who hasn’t forgotten Halsey’s controversial decisions against Arsenal in 2004, felt Fulham should have had a penalty and didn’t get the rub of the green from the referee all afternoon.

He told his post-match press conference: ‘It’s not Chelsea’s fault. They are a great team and great champions. It’s Mark Halsey’s fault. I’m disappointed with him. It’s not the first time.

‘When we played Arsenal two years ago he killed us. He’s a decent referee Mark Halsey but he’s not decent when he comes to us. We were terrific for 70 minutes. Our attitude was superb. It killed when three decisions went against us. I had to calm the lads down in the dressing room because they weren’t very happy. But there you go, no points.’

He added: ‘I will ask not to have Mark Halsey again. I will ask because there’s always a bit of controversy when Mark comes to the Cottage. I’ll ask and we’ll probably have him in another six weeks’ time.’