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Air turned Blue: Chelsea accuse referee Mark Clattenburg in new race row
Club have lodged formal complaint – Clattenburg is alleged to have racially insulted Jon Obi Mikel and called another star a “Spanish t***”.
Chelsea last night sensationally accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially abusing two of their players.
The European Champions made the incredible claim in the wake of their explosive 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.
Clattenburg is alleged to have verbally abused Blues midfielder Jon Obi Mikel and called another star a “Spanish t***”.
It came after Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players and allowed an offside winning goal from Javier Hernandez to stand.
A Chelsea spokesman said last night: “We have lodged to the Premier League match delegate regarding inappropriate language used by the referee towards two of our players in two separate incidents in today’s game.
“The match delegate will pass the complaints to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time.”
Mikel is understood to have stormed to Clattenburg’s dressing room after the match hurling expletives at the County Durham official. It is unclear whether the two incidents are connected.
Clattenburg is alleged to have made the remarks during the match. The players in turn are understood to have made their allegations to Chelsea officials in their dressing room after the final whistle.
Mirror Sport understands Mikel, captain John Terry, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and chief executive Ron Gourlay were all seen in the referee’s dressing room area after the match.
Shortly afterwards Chelsea confirmed their intention to make a formal complaint.
The Premier League, however, say all officials are miked up during matches. It means whatever comments were made will have been heard by his three assistants.
The allegations come with the FA set to investigate after a steward was taken to hospital amid claims of a seat being ripped from the Matthew Harding stand and thrown onto the field of play.
Around ｣20 worth of ｣1 coins were also retrieved after fans pelted the Manchester United players as they celebrated Hernandez’s winner.
The allegations come a year after John Terry was first accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
The incident, for which Terry was found guilty by the FA, took place during the Blues’ nine-man defeat to Queen’s Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
They also came at the end of a bitter Stamford Bridge encounter yesterday that ALSO saw Chelsea end up with nine men.
Both Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were sent off by Clattenburg with Chelsea particularly aggrieved by the Spaniard’s sending off.
Torres was fouled by Manchester United defender Jonny Evans on 69 minutes as he attempted to burst through on goal.
But Clattenburg instead showed a second yellow to Torres, who had earlier been booked. And United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted the Spaniard only had himself to blame.
Sir Alex said: “I would never have missed that chance. I would have taken that any time. I wouldn’t have gone down.
“But he did go down, that’s the issue, and he has already been booked so it’s his own fault.
Evans claimed later: “At the time I didn’t feel I made contact. I saw it again and I made a bit of contact but I don’t feel it was enough to bring him down.
“I think he probably realised he wasn’t getting the ball and went down. I think the referee has made the right decision to send him off.”
A statement by the Professsional Game Match Officials organisation said: "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. No further comment will be made until this matter has been properly investigated."