Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of
allegations against referee Mark Clattenburg after a Premier
League match last month.
Chelsea also said they were sorry for the intense media
scrutiny Clattenburg was subjected to following the game
against Manchester United in which they complained about
"inappropriate language" the referee had allegedly used
towards their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck held a meeting with Professional
Game Match Officials Limited, which manages top English
referees, and the Premier League to discuss the matter on
"The club regrets not having given more consideration before
issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28th October,"
Chelsea said in a statement on their website.
"The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense
media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family.
"The referees accept that, given Chelsea FC had received a
good faith claim from one of their employees, the club had an
obligation under FA rules to report the allegation."
Chelsea said they would welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford
Bridge and the referees' governing body said it would have no
hesitation in appointing him to officiate Chelsea games.
"There was recognition by all parties that the impartiality
and integrity of refereeing in this country remains
paramount," Chelsea said.
"All parties now believe it is time to draw a line under this
incident, learn from it and move on for the good of all
Premier League clubs, players and match officials."