Mikel banned for 3 matches for confronting referee
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was banned for three matches
and fined 60,000 pounds ($96,400) on Thursday for confronting an
English Premier League referee in the official’s changing room.
The Nigeria international approached Mark Clattenburg after the
match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 28,
having been wrongly informed by a teammate that the ref had
racially abused him.
An investigation by the English Football Association
subsequently found Clattenburg had no case to answer, but the
governing body took into consideration the context of the incident
when sanctioning Mikel for ”using threatening and/or abusive
and/or insulting words and/or behavior.”
”But for that factor, the suspension would have been
significantly longer,” the FA said in a statement.
Mikel will miss league matches against Sunderland and Aston
Villa, as well as a League Cup quarterfinal at Leeds.
Mikel had already accepted the FA charge.