FA speak to Clattenburg over Chelsea allegations

The Football Association have spoken to the officials on duty during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United, including referee Mark Clattenburg, who is at the centre of allegations of racism after John Obi Mikel claimed Clattenburg used inappropriate language towards him, the BBC has reported.

As well as Clattenburg, the FA is thought to have discussed the alleged incident with the two assistant referees who took part in the fixture, Michael McDonough and Simon Long, and the fourth official for the evening, Mike Jones. Clattenburg has firmly denied the allegations and the BBC notes that none of his colleagues are understood to have heard the referee say anything untoward to Mikel.

A decision on what action, if any, the FA feels it should take is expected to come next week. Clattenburg has for the second consecutive round of league fixtures been stood down, while the Metropolitan Police are also investigating the allegations after a complaint by a member of the public.

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