Mark Clattenburg would be able to take charge of a match involving Chelsea despite the racism allegations made by the club towards the referee that later proved unfounded, the head of the referees’ union has said, according to the
Clattenburg returned to football as fourth official during Tottenham Hotspurs’ win over West Ham after three weeks of being stood down by the selectors following the claims made by the Stamford Bridge club. Clattenburg was alleged to have used a racist term when talking to John Obi Mikel, but a Football Association investigation found he had not done so.
It had been suggested that the allegations made by Chelsea towards Clattenburg would render the referee unable to take charge of a match involving the Champions League holders, but Alan Leighton, national secretary of the referees’ union, Prospect, believes that not only could Clattenburg take charge of a Chelsea fixture, but that it should happen sooner rather than later.
Leighton said: “I think if there was too long a delay in refereeing Chelsea then the issue gets dragged out again. The key issue for Mark is getting back to refereeing and getting back to normal, and that means refereeing Chelsea as soon as he possibly can.”
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