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
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.”