Warnock slams Chelsea for Clattenburg complaint

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has criticised Chelsea’s complaint against Mark Clattenburg, and claimed that the London club are trying to ‘kill’ the referee, report talkSPORT.

The Blues have reported the match official claiming that inappropriate language was used by the referee towards two Chelsea players, believed to be Jon Obi Mikel, and one of the Spanish contingent of the club, in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea had two players sent off, Branislav Ivanovic, and Fernando Torres, the latter of which deemed the Spaniard to have dived, earning himself a second yellow card. Clattenburg, or more accurately his assistant, then failed to spot that the winning goal by Javier Hernandez appeared to be offside.

Warnock however feels it is Chelsea’s attempt to get back at the referee on the back of these decisions.

Talking to talkSPORT this morning, Warnock said: “I’m disgusted at what has gone on. I am on Mark Clattenburg’s side, we ask referees to deal with it and man-manage and that’s what he does Clattenburg. I’m sure he might have said a few things but if Chelsea had won that game there would not have been one iota of a complaint.

“I think he’s made a mistake but Chelsea are trying to kill him because of that and I don’t agree with it at all.

“If it is proved wrong whatever Chelsea players alleged that Mark said, I hope they get done. Would it have happened if they won the game? I don’t think it would have done.”

The Football Association yesterday launched an investigation into the alleged inappropriate language, and Clattenburg has agreed to cooperate fully.

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