Old Trafford boss doubts official made offensive comments.
Sir Alex Ferguson doubts Chelsea’s Mark Clattenburg claims
Sir Alex Ferguson says he does not believe referee Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea player John Mikel Obi.
The Blues accused Clattenburg of making a racist remark during their 3-2 defeat by United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
“I don’t believe he would make comments like that,” said Ferguson. “I refuse to believe it. It’s unthinkable.”
Chelsea have made a formal complaint to the Football Association against 37-year-old Clattenburg.
Clattenburg maintains his innocence and neither of his assistants or the fourth official support Chelsea’s allegations.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Well this will go down well with Chelsea.
This story rumbles on and whilst the Stamford Bridge side opted to not pursue allegations that County Durham official Mark Clattenburg called Juan Mata a Spanish Twat, they did lodge a formal complaint in relation to an incident involving John Obi Mikel.
The referee and his assistants, as well as the fourth official on the day, were all in constant contact and Clattenburg’s colleagues deny they heard anything untoward.
In the absence of any footage to corroborate the Chelsea player’s claims the FA will have to probably have to judge on the basis of who’s chain of events is more likely to be more reliable.
Clattenburg has been withdrawn from any officiating for the coming weekend.
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