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Cleared: FA throw out racism complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg

The Premier League referee has “no case to answer” while Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel faces a charge over abusive language.

Clattenburg with Mikel and Ramires.
Clattenburg with Mikel and Ramires.
Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ENGLAND’S GOVERNING FOOTBALL Association announced Thursday it would take no action against referee Mark Clattenburg over allegations he used a racist remark towards Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel.

The FA said there was “no case to answer” over allegations Clattenburg said “shut up you monkey” to the Nigeria midfielder during Chelsea’s 3-2 Premier League defeat by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

However, an FA statement said the complaint by Mikel’s Brazilian team-mate Ramires had been made in good faith.

But the FA did charge Mikel for an alleged use of threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in or around the match officials’ changing room following the match.

Read the full FA statement here

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