Referee Mark Clattenburg holds a red card after sending off
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during their English Premier
League soccer match against Manchester United. REUTERS/Toby
English referee Mark Clattenburg will not face any
disciplinary action following a complaint by European champions
Chelsea that he used racist language towards a player, the
Football Association said today.
Chelsea lodged a complaint with the FA over language
allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi
Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by
Manchester United on October 28.
"The FA has concluded its investigation into alleged
misconduct by Mark Clattenburg during the match between
Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC on Sunday 28 October
2012. No disciplinary action will follow against Mr
Clattenburg," an FA statement said.
However, in a separate statement the FA said Mikel had been
charged for breaching its rules.
"It is alleged that in or around the match officials'
changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used
threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or
behaviour," the FA said. "The player has until Friday 30
November 2012 to respond to the charge."
The FA said the evidence for the accusation against
Clattenburg had come from Mikel's Brazilian team mate
"The details of the allegation were that following one or the
other of the red cards issued during the second half of the
game, Ramires heard Mark Clattenburg say to John Obi Mikel,
"shut up you monkey". John Obi Mikel did not hear the alleged
"Ramires, whose first language is not English, explained that
his instinctive reaction was to seek confirmation from John
Obi Mikel as to what the referee had said.
"John Obi Mikel, who was being spoken to by the referee, was
much closer to the referee than Ramires and did not hear what
it is suggested was said to him.
"Three other witnesses, i.e. the other match officials, to
whom everything said by referee was relayed via their
communication equipment, are adamant the alleged words were
"There is nothing in the video footage to support the
In a statement, Clattenburg, 37, said he was looking forward
to putting the incident behind him and concentrating on his
"To know you were innocent of something but that there was
the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly
frightening," he said.
"Racism has no place in football and this experience should
not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe
they are a victim of abuse. However, there are processes that
should be adhered in order that any investigation can be
carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties
This month London Metropolitan Police dropped an
investigation into a complaint about Clattenburg made by the
Society of Black Lawyers following the incident.