Police drop Clattenburg investigation over lack of evidence

The Metropolitan Police have ended their investigation into comments allegedly made by referee Mark Clattenburg to Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel after a victim failed to come forward and evidence to back-up the claim was not available, the Guardian has reported.

Clattenburg strenuously denies making a racist comment towards Mikel during Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester United in October. The Football Association will continue their investigation into the matter despite the police ending their involvement, with the Guardian adding that the governing body intends to announce its finding and whether Clattenburg will be charged by the end of the week.

The Met Police began looking into the matter after a complaint from the Society of Black Lawyers and spoke to both Mikel and Clattenburg, but neither the player nor anybody else from Chelsea made a formal complaint to support the Society’s original allegation.

A statement from the police force said: “The matter will remain as a recorded incident. Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.

If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention, then further inquiries will, if appropriate, be made.

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