Complete Sports have confirmed that referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Super Eagles midfielder,John Mikel Obi and this tops the bill of the official complaint filed by Chelsea which is being investigated by the English Football Association .The referee also xenophobically insulted Juan Mata. Clattenburg,Complete Sports can reveal called Mikel a ‘Black M…’.and the Nigerian did not take kindly to this as he stormed the referee’s changing room after the game demanding for an apology.
‘The referee told Mikel to shut up after he (Mikel) went to complain to him about his handling of the match. He told Mikel,’Shut Up, you black M….”, revealed a source close to Mikel.
The source further revealed that Mikel would have physically confronted the referee if he had heard him use such a racist language on him.It was two of Chelsea’s players who heard the inapporopriate language from Clattenburg that drew Mikel’s attention to it”, further revealed the source.
Meanwhile the FA announced on Monday that it would be conducting an official investigation. It does not deny that the investigation,which will include gathering video evidence and talking to all four officials at the game, centres around two major incidents.
Chelsea’s complaint is that Mikel was the victim of a racist comment, while Spain midfielder Mata was allegedly called a “Spanish t**t” by Clattenburg.
Both incidents occurred on the field of play during the Sunday afternoon Stamford Bridge clash with Manchester United and not, as had been reported, in the tunnel.
Chelsea spoke to both players about the incidents at length before lodging their complaint with the FA, which is now certain to contact Skyand seek footage from the broadcaster’s 20 cameras at Stamford Bridge.
In an earlier statement confirming its investigation into Chelsea’s allegations of “inappropriate language” being used by Clattenburg, the FA said: “The FA has begun an investigation relating to allegations made following Sunday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester United (Sunday 28 October 2012).
“The FA will make no further comment at this time.”
The Professional Game Match Officials organisation later confirmed that Clattenburg will not officiate a match this weekend stating, “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.”
The head of the Professional Footballers’ Association, Gordon Taylor, meanwhile, has urged the FA to deal with the accusations as quickly and fairly as possible.
Taylor is wary of the fact that the most recent row concerning racism in football – that involving Blues captain John Terry - dragged on for almost a year before he was banned by the FA, and he does not want this case to go on for such a long period of time.
“We’ve got to learn the lessons of the last 12 months,” Taylor said. “This is extremely serious for the referee involved so that’s why it’s important that it is dealt with in the most thorough manner and as quickly, efficiently, and transparently as possible.”