Ferguson dismisses Chelsea Clattenburg claims

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he cannot imagine Mark Clattenburg would have made the comments he is alleged to have directed towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during the recent Premier League game between the league leaders and Manchester United, the Independent has reported.

Clattenburg is alleged to have made a racial remark to the Nigeria midfielder and, following a complaint by a member of the public, the Metropolitan Police are also investigating the incident. Clattenburg denies the allegation.

Ferguson added that he believed Chelsea should have kept the complaint in-house rather than make the issue public, as Clattenburg will forever be dogged by the allegation even if he is found to have done nothing wrong. The United manager also said he would speak in Clattenburg’s defence if need be, and insisted all other Premier League managers should do so.

The alleged incident between Clattenburg and Mikel was only the most controversial event of a feisty game between the sides, in which the referee sent off two Chelsea players – Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres – while a Javier Hernandez goal was allowed to stand despite the striker being in an offside position when the ball was played to him.

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