The Football Association has launched an investigation into Mikel John Obi’s allegation that he was racially insulted by the referee, Mark Clattenburg in their first home controversial defeat of the season to Manchester United on Sunday. Indications also emerged that the Metropolitan Police may also open an inquiry after receiving an official complaint.
It is understood that three or four of Mikel’s team-mates are ready to support him; the Brazil midfielder Ramires is one of them. Juan Mata, the Spain midfielder, also felt that Clattenburg had directed offensive language towards him and it is a key aspect of Chelsea’s grievance that the referee is accused of using “inappropriate” language on separate occasions to different players.
Meanwhile, Clattenburg who has yet to comment on the allegations s said by the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) to welcome “the opportunity for the facts to be established”, and has subsequently been stood down from taking charge of a game this weekend.