Marco Silva has refused to talk about Michael Oliver and his refereeing team after Watford fell to a 4-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The Hornets boss was left raging at the match officials over a number of contentious issues at Vicarage Road, but told the Hertfordshire Mercury that he didn't want to discuss the matters publicly.
Watford were rightfully aggrieved after Huddersfield's first goal was allowed to stand despite two players standing in offside positions, before captain Troy Deeney was handed a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Collin Quaner.
Silva was also left incensed by Laurent Depoitre going down under Abdoulaye Doucoure's challenge in the penalty area, with the away side handed a soft penalty as Oliver pointed to the spot late on.
Despite all of that, Silva refused to entertain the notion of speaking out about the incidents for fear of reprisals from the FA.
He remarked: "Really, about the referee and the officials, I don’t want to talk nothing about them.
1 - Watford have the most Premier League red cards this season (4) and also the most since the start of last season (9) in the competition. Wild.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2017
"I prefer to talk about the situation and you do your analysis. I have my my opinion but I don’t want to talk about it."
On Deeney's red card - Watford's third successive dismissal in as many games - Silva stated that he had spoken to the striker about the incident but, again, did not want to comment further.
He continued: "Of course I have spoken with him. He has spoken with the officials as well. He said he touched the ball. That’s what he told me.
"I think the referee said it’s not whether he got the ball or not, it’s because the speed he went through him. In that moment he made the challenge, maybe he’s not normally there, but he came to recover the ball. I haven’t spoke with him until now."
Silva went on to slam his players for the heavy defeat on home soil that allowed Huddersfield to chalk up their first league away win since the opening day of the season.
He added: "In general, I agree that it was (our worst display this season). You can talk about the match, but I want to keep focused on our job and what we did.
Silva form since being told he can’t go to Everton:— Tommy (@tommy_wfc) December 16, 2017
"Before the first goal we didn’t perform like we must do. We were too slow before the first goal and after the second and third goal, we made mistakes that you can’t make at this level. It’s important now, we cannot change the result, we have to keep focussed on what we can control and the next game."