Clattenburg stood down by referee body

17:00 29 October 2012

Manchester United

Manchester United's Patrice Evra, Chelsea's Mikel (third right) and Juan Mata (left) arguing a decision with referee Mark Clattenburg (centre) during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Mark Clattenburg was stood down from refereeing for a week today after the Football Association launched an investigation into allegations he used “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea stars John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Clattenburg was last night accused by the European champions of making offensive comments, which are understood to have been interpreted as racist, during their acrimonious Barclays Premier League defeat to Manchester United.

Chelsea lodged a formal complaint with the match delegate, sparking an almost inevitable chain of events that this afternoon saw the FA announce an investigation and Professional Game Match Officials withdraw Clattenburg from the firing line.

After deliberately omitting the 37-year-old from the games the refereeing body were due to officiate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, PGMO said in a statement: “Professional Game Match Officials believe that, with any football match, the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself.

“Mark Clattenburg is one of the elite referees in world football and, in these circumstances, the intense level of scrutiny would detract from the match and be unfair to the clubs and the supporters of both sides.”

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Friday, August 28, 2015
Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have landed Bayern Munich in their Champions League group while Chelsea will take on Porto.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Kenedy of Chelsea during a training session (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

New Chelsea midfielder Kenedy is delighted to play alongside some of the Brazilian players he has idolised for years.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

All the latest transfer news and rumours as deadline day edges ever closer.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Who will lift the Champions League trophy this season? (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Champions League group stage draw will be made today. Here are all the permutations for Arsenal and Chelsea.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
John Stones of Everton  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will reject the transfer request from John Stones and tell the defender he will not be sold in this window.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more