Mikel was expecting FA ban over Clattenburg quarrel

14:48 07 December 2012

Chelsea

Chelsea's Mikel (centre) arguing with referee Mark Clattenburg. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel was “expecting” the Football Association’s decision to ban him for three games after he confronted referee Mark Clattenburg, interim manager Rafael Benitez has said.

The 25-year-old will be suspended immediately and will remain unavailable for domestic duty until Boxing Day.

Benitez, speaking ahead of his side’s match against Sunderland tomorrow, says the punishment, together with a £60,000 fine, came as no surprise.

“I was talking to Mikel, we were expecting it,” the Blues boss said. “We’ll have to move forward. It’s a problem for us but we knew more or less it would be like this.

“I think he was talking to the people in charge. I have to concentrate on my team. We have our chances if we start winning games.”

The Nigerian midfielder received the punishment after admitting a charge of using threatening or abusive language in the match official’s changing room after the game against Manchester United on October 28.

Related articles

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

Submit your Chelsea player ratings

Latest Chelsea news

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Manager Jose Mourinho and John Terry of Chelsea (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new contract until the end of the 2015/16 campaign, the Premier League club have announced.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Roy Hodgson is set to hand Harry Kane his England debut (Pictures: Getty)

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed man-of-the-moment Harry Kane to succeed in international football - but stopped short of revealing whether he would make his debut against Lithuania.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tottenham's Harry Kane fires a shot at goal (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney went head to head in training ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Paulo Dybala of Palermo  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Palermo have admitted that they have received bids of €35m for star striker Paulo Dybala.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been joined by Manchester City in the race to sign Brazilian star Felipe Anderson.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Chelsea Transfer News