London - The English Premier League referee embroiled in English soccer's latest racism feud has been omitted from officiating duties for the second straight weekend.
Mark Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using "inappropriate language" toward midfielder John Obi Mikel in a league match against Manchester United on October 28. The matter is being investigated by the police and The Football Association.
Mike Riley, general manager of the organisation that looks after topflight English referees, spoke to Clattenburg and says "we both consider that it is in Mark's best interests that he has this week away" to help with ongoing inquiries.
Riley says the Professional Game Match Officials had been "fully prepared to appoint Mark to matches," having left him out for last weekend's games.