Blues lodge Clattenburg complaint

Chelsea have lodged a formal complaint with the FA over

“inappropriate language” directed at John Obi Mikel by referee Mark

Clattenburg.

Wednesday’s developments follow the Blues’ acrimonious Premier

League defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on

Sunday.

However, the Blues have decided not to pursue an allegation

referee Clattenburg also used words understood to have been

interpreted as racist towards Juan Mata during Sunday’s game

following an internal investigation carried out by external legal

counsel.

Chelsea said in a statement: “Chelsea Football Club today lodged

a formal complaint with The Football Association regarding

inappropriate language directed at John Mikel Obi by referee Mark

Clattenburg.

“This is a result of a thorough investigation carried out by the

club, and led by outside legal counsel, of all information

available to us including interviews with a number of players and

staff.

“Following Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester

United, club board members were quickly made aware, upon entering

the home dressing room after the final whistle, that there were

allegations of inappropriate language directed at Chelsea FC

players by Mr Clattenburg during the game.

“Board members began establishing the details of the

allegations, speaking to all relevant players and staff. After

those initial interviews, it was clear that the matter had to be

reported.

“The correct protocol for doing so was to report the incidents

to the match delegate, and the club took immediate steps to inform

him as soon as he was available. It was not a decision the club

took lightly.

“Since reporting the matter to the delegate, the club and

outside legal counsel have conducted further investigations.

“Having completed that process, we have now followed the correct

protocol and lodged a formal complaint with The FA regarding John

Mikel Obi.

“There was not sufficient evidence to support a second claim to

the FA with regard to the alleged verbal abuse of another

first-team player.”

The matter is already the subject of FA and police

investigations and Chelsea’s statement added: “We will cooperate

fully with the FA and the police as they each investigate the

matter.

“As events on Sunday are now subject to those investigations, we

are unable to comment further until those processes are

complete.”

The FA refused to comment on Wednesday night’s development as

they continued their probe, while the Metropolitan Police were not

immediately available for comment.