Stamford Bridge side employ independent lawyers to investigate claims their players made against under-fire referee.
Chelsea race case against Clattenburg in jeopardy as club call in lawyers to probe players’ claims against referee
Chelsea’s race case against Mark Clattenburg is in danger of collapsing after it emerged that the club have employed independent lawyers to investigate the claims of their players.
The club are expected to conclude their internal investigation on Wednesday into allegations that the referee racially abused John Mikel Obi and called Juan Mata a ‘Spanish t***’.
The external lawyers will then provide Chelsea with legal opinion as to whether their case will be successful. Despite issues over the available evidence, Chelsea remained robust.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It appears that new evidence and speculation is building up by the second in relation to the alleged racism that may or may not have occurred during the Chelsea-Man United encounter on Sunday. If this source is indeed correct then it seems the West London side are looking to cover themselves against the possibility that their case against Mark Clattenburg will not stand up to scrutiny.
Apparently Chelsea are worried about the potential backlash they would endure if their players have misheard or misjudged Clattenburg’s conversations during the encounter against United.
And to this end Chelsea will only proceed with their case against the referee if they are satisfied the claims made by the players after the game will stand up to the FA’s burden of proof.
Of course the Blues are more than aware of the Football Association’s ‘burden of proof’ on such matters having seen John Terry found guilty of an offence that he was seen as innocent of by a court of law.
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