CHELSEA are not the only club with concerns over controversial referee Mark Clattenburg.

QPR boss Mark Hughes is still smarting from the sending off that saw Samba Diakité take the long walk during the home defeat to West Ham on October 1.

Clattenburg dismissed the defensive midfielder on 55 minutes for a second yellow card, and Rs went on to lose a targeted home banker 2-1.

Had Rangers got that win, Hughes’s job might be a little safer than it is going into tomorrow’s crunch match against Southampton.

What sticks in Sparky’s craw was the same tackle that got Diakité a red was not even yellow-carded the following week in the 2-2 draw between Southampton and neighbours Fulham.

Hughes said: “The sending off was a little bit of harsh, especially after only two tackles from Samba – and he hasn’t been given the benefit of the doubt in our opinion.

“I saw similar tackles after that game with the same referee, and the same tackle wasn’t even deemed a yellow card. It was frustrating for me, because it happened the week after.”

For all that the QPR boss admitted Diakité has learned harsh lessons after six yellows and a red card last season, ironically in his debut match against Fulham, and five this campaign, including the red against West Ham.

The manager said: “He’s getting better, and he’s staying on his feet more. He’s enthusiastic and he wants to make an impression in the Premier League.”

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