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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Referee Mark Clattenburg cleared of racism by English FA


The English Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

But Mikel, 25, has been charged by the FA with misconduct following his involvement in the incident.


The Blues had claimed Clattenburg directed racial language at Mikel in their home defeat by Manchester United.

Following the match at Stamford Bridge on 28 October, the FA interviewed Clattenburg, Mikel and several other Blues players before reaching its decision to clear the official and charge the Nigerian.

"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," an FA statement read.

Mikel has until Friday, 30 November to respond. Chelsea have indicated he will not deny the charge but will request a hearing to "explain the mitigating circumstances".

Culled from BBC

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