Thursday, November 22, 2012
REFEREE CLATTENBURG CLEARED OF RACISM WHILE MIKEL IS CHARGED FOR MISCONDUCT
The Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi.
Mikel, however, has been charged by the FA with misconduct following his involvement in the alleged incident.
The Super eagles of Nigeria midfielder accused Clattenburg of using racist language towards him during Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United last month.
The FA interviewed Clattenburg, Mikel and several other Blues players before reaching a decision.
Mikel was charged for alleged use of threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in or around the officials changing room.
The Nigerian stormed into the ref's room after the match after being told by team-mates Clattenburg had called him a 'monkey'. The player himself did not hear anything at the time.
Clattenburg decided jointly with Mike Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, that he should not be in charge of matches while the case was still open.
Chelsea initially suggested Spanish midfielder Mata had also been verbally abused by Clattenburg, before deciding there was insufficient evidence to support these claims.
The west London club made a formal complaint about the alleged comments towards Mikel to the FA, which also interviewed Clattenburg's assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.
Clattenburg hasn’t refereed a game since and is now clear to return to official duty.