Chelsea offer no apology to Clattenburg

by Michelle Fortune , 23 November 2012

Chelsea have offered no apology to Mark Clattenburg after the Football Association cleared the referee of using racist language towards John Obi Mikel.

The FA confirmed on Thursday that they would not be taking any action against the official following a lengthy investigation into comments he is alleged to have made against Mikel during Chelsea's Premier League defeat to Manchester United on October 28.

Chelsea informed the media of their intention to lodge a complaint against Clattenburg just over an hour after the final whistle but it was some time later before they lodge their grievance with the FA.

Clattenburg was left off the roster during the investigation but on Thursday he was cleared of any wrongdoing, with the FA claiming there was no evidence to back up Ramires' claims.

There have been calls for Chelsea to publically apologise to Clattenburg, but a spokesman from the club has suggested one will not be forthcoming.

"We are pleased that the FA recognise the claim lodged by Rameires was done in good faith. They also recognise that Chelsea FC did what was expected on that occasion. We now hope everyone returns to playing football and refereeing without prejudice. We will not be adding to our statement," spokesman Steve Adkins said.

Professional Referees' Union spokesman Alan Leighton believes Clattenburg deserves an apology due to the damage done to his reputation.

"Mark Clattenburg deserves a full and unreserved apology from Chelsea. He deserves compensation for loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and stress. In addition, Chelsea should make a sizeable donation to Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out to help the fight against racism in football and beyond," Leighton said.

"This was a charge brought on the flimsiest of evidence that should never have got to this stage."

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