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Chelsea latest: Clattenburg cleared by F.A, whilst Mikel is charged for similar offence that Clatternburg was accused of

 

The F.A's investigation into accusations that referee used 'inappropriate language' towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel have cleared him of any wrong doing. 

a statement released by the F.A said "The FA has concluded its investigation into alleged misconduct by Mark Clattenburg during the match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC on 28 October."

"No disciplinary action will follow against Mr Clattenburg."

The referee has not officiated a match since the accusations were made against him, which has prompted yet more criticism from anti-racism campaigners about the FA's handling of racial abuse in the game.

Mikel himself did not hear the reported remarks, it was his teammate Ramires who allegedly heard the official say "shut up you monkey" to the midfielder. But with no other evidence and contrasting reports from other match officials the FA declared there is " no case to answer".

The FA have also charged Mikel for alleged threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/ or behavior around the match officials' changing room after the match.

A statement from Chelsea has conceded that Mikel doesn't deny the charges against him, but given what he had thought had been said, he will ask for a hearing in which he would be allowed to explain himself.

In the weeks following the incident, the Metropolitan police have dropped any case, and with the FA now concluding there will be no further investigation, this might be one race row in football that can hopefully be forgotten, with all concerned parties, especially Mark Clattenburg, whose career was at risk, being able to move on from it.
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