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Clattenburg stood down again

2012-11-05 19:44

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.

AP

Comments
  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-05 21:34

    Load of bollocks. First he gets shafted by Man U and doesnt get a game with them since the opening game of the 2010/11 season when United lost 6 - 0 and now he gets shafted by Chelsea on some baseless allegations. How difficult is it for the assistant referees (all three of them) to deny or confirm he said what he is alleged to have said? They are all mic'd up during the whole game. Money still rules the EPL.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-05 21:35

      Sorry, United lost 6 - 1

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