Refs out to get me - Lee
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Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole claims he is paying the price for his image and says referees are 'out to get him'.
The midfield enforcer has already picked up three bookings this season and the last one, in the draw with West Brom, saw him substituted as a precaution against him being sent off and seeing the team down to ten men.
Cattermole has been left out on a couple of occasions this season by Steve Bruce and he knows he can't afford to be considered a liability in the side but he has defended his disciplinary record.
He told Sky:"I feel like they (the referees) are out there for me at the minute.
"Maybe it's my stupid mistakes in the past that have got me that reputation, so I can't sit here and blame everyone else. I have to get rid of that reputation, but it's so hard at the minute when I find myself getting a succession of soft yellow cards.
"It affects your game. It's something I have to address, but if you put every foul I've ever made up on the television, I think there'd be one tackle which was actually a bad one.
"That was against Scott Parker when I was playing for Wigan and I've spoken to him since to apologise about it. That's the only bad tackle I've made in my career - all the rest have been genuine attempts to win the ball, not nasty attempts to hurt someone."