Referee Mark Clattenburg Denies Allegation That He Used Racist or Inappropriate Language Against Chelsea Players

Official will co-operated with FA and Metropolitan Police investigations.

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has rejected claims he used inappropriate language to two Chelsea players

Mark Clattenburg insists he did nothing wrong at Stamford Bridge

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the alleged comments made by Mark Clattenberg.

Clattenburg is adamant he did nothing wrong and has already said he will co-operate with an FA probe in a bid to clear his name with the full support of the other match officials.

But he now faces a separate investigation after the Metropolitan Police confirmed they have received an official complaint from the Society of Black Lawyers and will be working alongside Chelsea to determine if any action needs to be taken.

One of the incidents is thought to involve Jon Obi Mikel, although early reports that the language used contained a racial element have not been confirmed by the London club.

Mikel angrily accused Clattenburg of abusing him in the aftermath of the game with Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, assistant manager Eddie Newton and chief executive Ron Gourlay all present.

But Clattenburg’s assistants on the day, Michael McDonough, Simon Long and Michael Jones, have denied hearing anything of that nature over the officials’ microphone link-up.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

It has taken Mark Clattenburg quite some time to register his formal denial of the allegations laid at his door but the County Durham official has now done so and as the FA and Metropolitan Police investigations are now underway we await details to emerge that could perhaps bring a more clearer picture as to what occurred both during and after the stormy Chelsea-Man United encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The FA have yet to interview Clattenburg but are due to do so, possibly after requesting a written account from him about what took place during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg has already filed what is known as an ‘extraordinary incident report’, which is understood to deal with a meeting which is alleged to have taken place in the referees’ room after full-time.

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