Chelsea rage at ref comments

2012-10-29 09:00

London - Chelsea have filed a complaint over "inappropriate language", reportedly racial in nature, allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg during their stormy 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

Clattenburg sent off Chelsea pair Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres in the second half at Stamford Bridge, and the Premier League leaders subsequently accused him of speaking out of turn to two of their players.

"We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in Sunday's match," said a Chelsea spokesperson.

"The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time."

It was reported by the Daily Telegraph on Monday that one of the complainants, believed to be Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, claimed Clattenburg directed a comment of a racial nature at him.

A spokesman for the Professional Game Match Officials' Board, the body which represents referees said it was "aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

"Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established. No further comment will be made until this matter has been properly investigated," added the spokesperson.

Chelsea were also aggrieved that Clattenburg allowed United's 75th-minute winning goal to stand, despite Javier Hernandez having been in an offside position prior to scoring.

The defeat ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season and allowed both United and Manchester City to close to within a point of Roberto Di Matteo's side at the top of the table.

Chelsea have also launched an investigation into reports that a steward was injured by objects that were thrown onto the pitch in the aftermath of Hernandez's goal.

Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding Stand hurled abuse and appeared to throw objects at the United players as they celebrated their winning goal.

The steward fell to the floor during the incident and needed approximately 10 minutes' treatment by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

"We are looking at reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a fall," a Chelsea spokesperson said.

"We are investigating all the incidents around that time. My information so far is that he slipped and fell, may have hurt his knee, and was being treated by the side of the pitch."


  • frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-29 09:13

    The Ref had a seriously CAC game

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-29 10:17

      I'm tired of general Referee bias towards MU. Please explain how Arsenal had only 4 penalties awarded to them in the whole of last season (in all competitions) and RVP has already this year had 4 penalties awarded to him alone since moving to MU??!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-29 10:17

      The Ref was shocking.Clattenburg has given more red cards than any other referee in the Premier League so far his season.Off the 19 cards given,Clattenburg has issued 4 of those.Torres didn't dive,although Jonny Evans clipped him,Torres could've done one of two things i.e. continue his run on goal or go over which is what he'd done in the end.Still it was never a red card,neither was Javier Hernandez "winning goal" a goal as he well and truly offside.

  • frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-29 09:14

    What a QaQ game this ref had...

  • Ivan Haynes - 2012-10-29 09:21

    take the lose ! the better team one, stop acting like babies, an stop having excuses every time you loose a match ! the ref was doing his job, its not his fault some players are to stupid to know they in the wrong an give the ref crap for correcting them ! grow up

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-29 09:45

      Ivan, I agree with the red for Branislav, but in general he didnt have a good game. Yes, I am a chelsea fan. I thought we were going to be smashed after that 2nd man u goal. It would just have been nice to see the game without the refs bad influence on the game, would have been great, win or lose...

  • musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-10-29 09:33

    Day light robbery they should not celebrate for a win.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-10-29 09:47 fooooooot!!!

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-10-29 09:51

    Thats karma for u. The team saw nothing wrong with Terry abusing Anton, now they r crying wolf. you lost ,get over it.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-29 09:57

    If I remember correctly then these blue noses were supporting terry the racist through out the whole A.ferdinant saga. Now they are quick to cry fowl.

  • tumelo.theka - 2012-10-29 10:08

    The referee was over the limit , he need to under go a brain checkup to remove all dust in his head...

  • jacob.molife - 2012-10-29 10:14

    Dont justify your wrong by pointin at Chelsea's. Thats not seemly for a team guided by a Knight (Sir) Fergie.

  • clayton.daniels.31 - 2012-10-29 11:36

    @Andrew, I dont think RVP needed penalties last season to become top scorer he was on super form for the gunners

  • clayton.daniels.31 - 2012-10-29 11:43

    the ref this the ref that, lol guys come on Torres should've seen red in the first half already, that decision went chelsea's way, and no one complained, were there any protest from the man u players for him to be sent off? i dont think so!!! so when decisions weren't going cfc's way they started to complain, Liverpool, Gunners and Chelsea are just a bunch of hypocrites. Gunners scored an offside goal, i dont hear any talk about that. Big teams get big decisions, Man U is amongst the 3 best teams in the world. Even though we have the UCL Champs and EPL Title Holders in the same League. How BIG is this Man U? Gosh!!! they be hating

  • lentlareane.kannete - 2012-10-29 11:56

    As united fan i feel like we nned to put this into perspective to Man U haters. First red was fair and as per rules of the game, you deny a player clear scoring opportunity you walk, you are done, second red card according to referee intepretation is that Torres dived hence his reaction after Evans just touched but the manner he divved it was like Evans really tackled him hardly, the point i m trying to make is referees are trying to alleviate the diving that seems to kill the beautiful game, so referee was not entirely wrong but Torres they way he made a meal of it left a referee with no choice but give him yellow card for diving. As for the goal in real time you bound to miss those ones, i agree it was offside i can take it on the day the same applied on Arsenal vs GPR Arteta goal was offside. so stop crying foul and looking who is now pressing charges about racial abuse Chelki. what goes around comes around, it will be interesting to hear how Ashley Cole will say this time.

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