English Premiership

Refs mull Chelsea boycott

2012-11-03 14:08
Mark Clattenburg (AP)

London - Several English Premier League referees are debating over whether to boycott matches involving Chelsea in the wake of the club alleging fellow referee Mark Clattenburg made racist remarks in last Sunday's game with Manchester United according to former referee Clive Wilkes.

Clattenburg, 37, is the subject of investigations by both the police and the English Football Association over claims by Chelsea he used 'inappropriate language' including a racial slur aimed at their Nigerian midfielder Jon Obi Mikel.

Clattenburg maintains his innocence on all matters.

Wilkes told the Sun newspaper he had been in touch with some of his former colleagues and they had told him they were considering boycotting Chelsea games - especially as in their eyes it is not the first time the club have levelled accusations at one of their number.

"I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark," he said.

"I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this.

"Remember, it's not the first time Chelsea have targeted a referee - there's been Anders Frisk and Graham Poll.

"And some refs are now saying enough is enough. It's no exaggeration to say the refs in this country have never felt lower."

Wilkes added that the referees felt they were not receiving the support they deserved from above.

"They are so disillusioned. They feel vulnerable, feel that they are being left isolated - that they are getting no backing, no support," he said.

"They want to speak out themselves but are too frightened, they fear they will be sacked if they go public with their grievances.

"There have even been murmurings about strike action but that's very much the last resort.

"They'd much prefer to get around the table with the FA, PFA, the clubs and players to sort this out as quickly as possible."

Clattenburg, who has been stood down for this weekend's games, has received notable support this week from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United's Alex Ferguson.

"I don't believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comments like that," Ferguson said Friday. "I refuse to believe it. I think it's unthinkable.

"In the modern climate, I just don't believe it. Simple as that. There is no way a referee would stoop to that, I'm convinced about that."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
22 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette
Fixtures
22 November 2014
Stoke City v Burnley, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Swansea City, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Sunderland, King Power Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers, St. James' Park 17:00
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Arsenal v Manchester United, Emirates Stadium 19:30
23 November 2014
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 15:30
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur, The KC Stadium 18:00
24 November 2014
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.