Chelsea have held talks with Mark Clattenburg and his fellow professional referee’s on Monday night, in an attempt at damage control, reports the Daily
Chelsea are under fire after they made claims that Clattenburg had made racial comments towards midfielder John Obi Mikel following their 3-2 loss to Manchester United in October. Having removed Clattenburg from refereeing duties during the 3-week investigation, The FA, as well as the and Police, have since dropped the case, citing a lack of evidence, and the spotlight is now turning to the London club to explain their actions.
In an attempt to smooth the waters with the PFA (Professional Referee’s Association), Chelsea Chairman, Bruce Buck, attended a meeting with Clattenburg and 15 other professional referees at the National Football Centre at George’s Park to explain Chelsea’s actions in the hope of repairing any damage done by the false accusations, and perhaps even arrange for Clattenburg to referee another Chelsea game in the near future.
Clattenburg returned to his duties on the weekend, acting as 4th official in Spurs 3-1 win over West Ham, and on Wednesday night, he will return to action in the middle of the park, officiating between Southampton and Norwich. It is unclear whether or not the FA will take action against Chelsea for the allegations.
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