Chelsea call in lawyers to determine next step in Clattenburg case
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Chelsea have taken the advice of outside counsel in order to judge whether or not to pursue the allegations made against referee Mark Clattenburg after the weekend’s Premier League match with Manchester United, the Daily Mail has reported. Clattenburg was alleged to have made comments of a racist nature towards John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata. Clattenburg denies the allegations.
Once the independent experts conclude their investigation into the claims of Mikel and Mata, Chelsea will decide on their next step. The Mail adds that the lawyers will inform Chelsea of the likelihood of their case being successful. The newspaper continues to note that questions hang over the evidence relating to the allegation, but Chelsea remain confident of their claims.
However, the league leaders are said to be concerned as to the repercussions if Clattenburg is found not to have made the alleged comments, or if the referee was simply misheard or misunderstood. The case as judged by the Football Association will be compared to the same standard that saw John Terry found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, on the balance of probability.
Mikel also faces an FA charge after he burst into the referee’s room after the Sunday evening match and had to be restrained by Chelsea employees as he confronted Clattenburg.
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