London police launch probe into referee claims

A new criminal investigation into racism in English football

began on Tuesday when police formally opened a case into claims a

referee directed ”inappropriate language” at two Chelsea players

during a match.

Referee Mark Clattenburg is accused of abusing midfielders John

Obi Mikel and Juan Mata during Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Manchester

United in the Premier League, according to the lawyer whose

complaint sparked the police investigation.

A day after the globally televised match, Society of Black

Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert said he asked officers to look into

whether a ”racially aggravated offense has occurred” at Stamford

Bridge.

The Metropolitan Police responded in a statement on Tuesday by

announcing that ”an investigation has been launched into alleged

comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and

Manchester United FC.”