Mikel alleges ref used racist language

Referee Mark Clattenburg was at the centre of football’s latest storm about racist language. Chelsea have alleged that the referee used inappropriate language towards their players, specifically John-Obi Mikel, in a tempestuous match against Manchester United in which Clattenburg sent off Chelsea’s David Luiz and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea manager Di Matteo and Mikel visited Clattenburg in his dressing-room after the match to voice their grievances. Chelsea later issued a statement: "We have a 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 during today's match. The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time."

Clattenburg was remaining silent on the issue, although a spokesman from the Professional Game Match Officials body said it "is 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 matter has been properly investigated." In the light of the recent John Terry case, Chelsea will be fully aware of the seriousness of the accusations they have levelled against the referee.

Di Matteo restricted his comments to the match. "Surely, when he's going to watch the images he's going to realise that he made big mistakes," the manager said. "We are massively disappointed that these key decisions were wrong. It always seems to be in favour of the opposition. That's a massive disadvantage for us."

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