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Chelsea accept decision made by the FA

Chelsea Football Club have said in a statement that they accept the decision of the Football Association not to take any action against Mark Clattenburg over a complaint by the club that he used a racist remark towards one of their players.

In a statement from the club they also acknowledged the charges brought against Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel.

"Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association's decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact that the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter.

The club also notes the charge brought against John Mikel Obi. While the player does not deny the charge, he will request a personal hearing to explain the mitigating circumstances.

With regards to the Mark Clattenburg decision, the club accepts the case is now concluded and notes the FA states the allegation was made in good faith."

"I hope no referee has to go through this in the future"

The Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared by the FA of using abusive language during Chelsea's Premier League match against Manchester United last month.

The 37-year-old from Seaham, in a statement, spoke of how stressful it had been for him.

"I am looking forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the Premier League and other competitions.

The messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening.

Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse.

I hope no referee has to go through this in the future."

– Mark Clattenburg


"No case to answer" for Clattenburg

The Football Association has announced that no disciplinary action will be taken against County Durham football referee Mark Clattenburg.

The 37-year-old had been accused of using abusive language during Chelsea's Premier League match against Manchester United last month. But, having concluded it's investigation, the FA says Mr Clatteburg has "no case to answer."

The body has confirmed, however, that the player at the centre of the allegations - Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel - has been charged with misconduct over his behaviour after the game.

Police: 'No victims have come forward' over Clattenburg

Police said their investigation into referee Mark Clattenburg, from Consett, was dropped after no victims came forward with evidence. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

A Metropolitan Police 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.