Chelsea lodge Clattenburg complaint

Chelsea have made an official complaint over the language used by referee Mark Clattenburg towards two of their players, one of whom is believed to be John Obi Mikel, during the Premier League leaders’ defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, the BBC has reported.

Clattenburg is alleged to have used racial language when booking Mikel in the 76th minute, the BBC adds. A statement released by the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) said: “PGMO is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness. Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established.

The four officials who take charge of any match – the referee, two assistant referees and the fourth official – are able to communicate through their microphones and earpieces and can hear what one another are saying throughout the game. However, the feed is not recorded.

In the match, Clattenburg sent off two Chelsea players – Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres – while Javier Hernandez’s winning goal was allowed to stand despite the Mexican striker being in an offside position when scoring.

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