Mark Clattenburg: Factfile of the referee accused of racial abuse


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Mark Clattenburg has been accused of using 'inappropriate language' during the match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Here, we take a closer look at the referee.

1975: Born March 13 in Consett, County Durham.

2000: August - Takes charge of his first Football League match between Chesterfield and York aged just 25.

2004: Promoted to the Premier League's Select Group and referees his first top-flight game between Crystal Palace and Everton.

2005: January - Fails, along with his assistants, to spot Tottenham midfielder Pedro Mendes' shot had been fumbled over the line by Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll in a match at Old Trafford.

2006: Becomes a FIFA referee.

2007: October - Sends off Everton's Tony Hibbert in a Merseyside derby after initially appearing to be about to show him a yellow card only to change his mind and pull out a red after a brief exchange with Steven Gerrard. He later did not send off Dirk Kuyt for a two-footed lunge at Phil Neville. Clattenburg did not referee another Everton match until 2012.

2008: August 6 - Suspended pending a probe into his business affairs following allegations he owed £60,000 as a result of a failed venture. Pulled out of the FA Community Shield clash between Manchester United and Portsmouth as a result and later sacked by the Professional Game Match Officials board.

2009: February - Reinstated as a Select Group Referee on appeal, but suspended for eight months from August 6, 2008, for "issues relating to his private business affairs".

December - It is alleged, in a match between Bolton and Manchester City, that he asked the City bench: "How do you work with Craig Bellamy all week?" Sends Bellamy off for two yellow cards in the game.

2010: October - Correctly, if controversially, allows a goal to stand between Manchester United and Tottenham when Nani tapped the ball in after Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes put the ball down, believing his side had a free-kick. Clattenburg had not blown his whistle.

2012: February - Referees the League Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff.

August - Takes charge of the Olympic men's football final between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley.

October 28 - Accused of using "inappropriate language" toward two Chelsea players during their defeat to Manchester United in a formal complaint by the club to the Premier League.