With just over a week gone after the John Terry race scandal was finally put to bed, Chelsea found themelves involved in another race row after their top of the league clash with Manchester United on Sunday evening.
The referee in charge Mark Clattenburg was accused after the match of using inappropriate language to two Chelsea players in seperate incidents, and Chelsea confirmed after the match that the club has made a complaint to the F.A, citing that some of the remarks were 'racial' in content.
The game was a hotly fought contest as both sides looked to win the game, and Clattenurg had already ensured he would make the headlines for his controversial second booking of Fernando Torres, which saw the striker dismissed along side Branislav Ivanovis who had been sent off for a professional foul only five minutes earlier. Down to nine men, Chelsea conceded what proved to be the winning goal when Hernandez popped up to score for United. This in itself was controversial however with the striker seemingly in an offside position when the ball was played in to him.
Chelsea had vailantly fought back from 2-0 down to draw level with the visitor before the sendings off, with Juan Mata and Ramires cancelling out a Van Persie strike and a David Luiz own goal, which typified the defenders poor performance in the place of captain John Terry, who served his first of a four match ban for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand last year. Had Chelses succeeded in their comeback, they would have been the first side in Premier League history to have beaten United after they were two goals ahead.
Officials on both sides have today both made it clear that they would like the issue resolved as quickly as possible, and Clattenburg has said he will give his 'full cooperation' in the ensuing investigation, but if he is found to have said the alleged remarks, and they were racially motivated, then this will be another dark period in English football as the fight to end racism in the sport rages on.