The club make an official complaint, claiming the referee used 'inappropriate language', including racist language
"...if it is ever found that a referee or match official had racially abused a player, I would say that that official shouldn’t take charge of a game again."
Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive
Chelsea FC has lodged an official complaint with the Premier League and The FA about referee Mark Clattenburg, claiming the official used ‘inappropriate language’, during the Chelsea FC v Manchester United FC game at the weekend. Part of the allegation is that this included racist language, according to reports on several media outlets.
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"We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate," said a Chelsea spokesman.
"The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association."
Referees' organisation Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) later issued a statement which read: "PGMO is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.
"Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established."
All four officials - the referee, his two assistants and the fourth official - wear microphones and ear pieces that allow them to hear what each other is saying throughout the match, although it is not recorded.
Alan Leighton, National Secretary for Prospect, the union representing football referees and assistant referees, today (Monday) issued the following statement in response to the allegations made against Mark Clattenburg after the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday:
“Prospect is committed to helping to eradicate racism in football and in society generally. In the context of that commitment, Prospect is offering full support to Mark Clattenburg in relation to the allegations made against him. It is now important that the allegations are fully investigated through the proper process as quickly as possible. We will be making no further comment at this stage."
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive at SRtRC expressed his shock at the latest report of racism at the top of English football.
“The advice to players about racism is always to report it if they hear it from another player or from fans. To do that, players need to have confidence that they would be taken seriously.
“For that reason alone if it is ever found that a referee or match official had racially abused a player, I would say that that official shouldn’t take charge of a game again.
“Chelsea FC has done the right thing by lodging a complaint straight away and It is now important that the allegations are fully investigated through the proper process as quickly as possible.”