Clattenburg to miss second week of Premier League fixtures after Chelsea row

Mark Clattenburg is to miss a second week of Premier League fixtures as the Football Association and the Metropolitan Police continue to investigate claims made against the referee by Chelsea, the BBC has reported.

Allegations that Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” towards Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel were made following Chelsea’s controversial Premier League defeat to Manchester United in late October. Clattenburg has been firm in his denial of the claims.

While the furore continues, however, the decision has been made by the Professional Game Match Officials organisation, which oversees the assigning of referees for all fixtures in English football’s professional divisions, that Clattenburg should step back from refereeing.

Mike Riley, the head of the PGMO, was reportedly happy for Clattenburg to resume his duties this weekend but after discussions between Riley and Clattenburg, it was decided the latter should not pick up his whistle yet.

The match in which the incident between Mikel and Clattenburg is alleged to have taken place saw two Chelsea players – Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres – sent off, while a Javier Hernandez goal was allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be offside when the ball was played. United won the game 3-2 to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the league.

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