Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mark Clattenburg cleared as FA charges John Obi Mikel with misconduct

Premier League referee Clattenburg, accused of saying “shut up you monkey” to Mikel Obi during Chelsea's fractious 3-2 defeat against Manchester United on Oct 28, was found to have no case to answer following an FA investigation into the claims made by Mikel’s team-mate, the Brazilian midfielder Ramires.

While no further action will be taken against Ramires, who the FA believes acted in good faith, Mikel has been charged with using threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour following an incident in the match officials’ changing room following the end of the game.

 Mikel has accepted the charge but asked for a personal hearing to explain his behaviour. He could face a three-match ban if found guilty. Chelsea, meanwhile, refused to apologise to Clattenburg.

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