Mark Clattenburg kept off Premier League referees' list again
Monday 12 November 2012
Mark Clattenburg returned to training with the top-flight Select Group of referees today for the first time since Chelsea's complaint against the match official.
The 37-year-old will miss a third weekend of Barclays Premier League matches but the outcome of the Football Association's investigation into Chelsea's complaint of inappropriate language should be known by the end of the week.
Chelsea have alleged that Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist towards John Obi Mikel during the Premier League match against Manchester United on October 28. The official strenuously denies having done so.
Clattenburg and referees chief Mike Riley have decided jointly that he should not be in charge of matches while the case has been ongoing. A police investigation has also been taking place following a complaint made on the basis of reports.
Clattenburg had not even trained while the investigations have been taking place but he did so today at St George's Park.
All the interviews with the FA and police have been concluded and the regulatory body of the FA will be advised by an independent QC about whether any action should follow. That decision looks likely to be made before the end of the week.
The governing body have spoken to Clattenburg, assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.
It is believed all the other officials, who were wired up together with Clattenburg, have said they did not hear any use of the term alleged by Chelsea.
The FA are also keen to have a swift conclusion to the case which could not be more sensitive given the recent four-match ban handed to Chelsea's captain John Terry for racist abuse.
Latest in Sport
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City: £58m deal hits the rocks as Wolfsburg admits they're 'in no rush' to sell former Chelsea midfielder
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
Manchester City face another struggle to make an impact in Champions League
Javier Hernandez: Great night for Manchester United, terrible night for Chicharito
Paul Pogba to Chelsea: Transfer news live - John Stones latest, Gareth Bale and Neymar to Manchester United, Edinson Cavani to Arsenal
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 iPhone 6s camera: features to include 4K video camera and flash for selfies
- 5 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn