Police drop Chelsea ref inquiry

The Met Police has dropped its inquiry into claims referee Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea player John Obi Mikel because of a lack of evidence. However, the FA's investigation is ongoing.

Peter Herbert: 'FA should forward statements to police'

Peter Herbert, Chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers - the group which referred to the complaint to the Metropolitan Police - told ITV News he was disappointed that police had not informed him before announcing that their investigation had been dropped.

Police said the investigation was dropped because "no victims have come forward" with evidence, and that, said Mr Herbert, is "partly the problem with football."

That no Chelsea player contacted police is "something the game has to consider," he said.

He added: "What the FA should do is forward any statements they have received to the police."

The FA investigation into Mark Clattenburg continues.

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Police: 'No victims have come forward' over Clattenburg

Police said their investigation into referee Mark Clattenburg was dropped after no victims came forward with evidence.

A statement said:

An investigation was launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012.

This follows on from a complaint received by the Metropolitan Police Service on 29 October.

Enquiries were made and no victims have come forward.

The matter will remain as a recorded incident.

Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.

If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention then further enquiries will if appropriate be made.

– Metropolitan Police

Police could not investigate referee 'without victim evidence'

Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson has seen a Metropolitan Police statement:

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Met Police no longer investigating complaint into Mark Clattenburg: "Without victim/evidence.. matter cannot currently be investigated."

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Met Police on Clattenburg: "Can confirm enquires made and no victims have come forward. The matter will remain as a recorded incident."

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FA decision due on Clattenburg charges

The Football Association is expected to reach a decision this week on whether referee Mark Clattenburg will face charges following claims he used "inappropriate language" towards John Obi Mikel.

Chelsea submitted a dossier of evidence to the FA alleging Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist during the Premier League match against Manchester United on October 28.

Clattenburg, seen below near his home today, denies the accusations against him.

Clattenburg will not officiate in weekend matches

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Match referee Mark Clattenburg (right) speaks with Chelsea's Mikel (centre). Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Referee Mark Clattenburg will not officiate in any matches this weekend, the Professional Game Match officials Ltd said.

Clattenburg has been accused of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during the club's defeat to Manchester United.

Di Matteo: Mikel in a 'good' frame of mind

Roberto Di Matteo said John Obi Mikel - who Chelsea claim was racially abused by referee Mark Clattenburg - is in a "good" frame of mind.

Chelsea's official Twitter account said:

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RDM says John Mikel Obi's frame of mind is good and he has been training well. He is available for the game. #CFC

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RDM: 'I really hope referees won't treat Chelsea differently and I believe they won't. I have faith in them.' #CFC

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