Chelsea 'regret' over ref claims

Chelsea have expressed "regret" over the initial statement that alleged referee Mark Clattenburg had racially abused midfielder John Obi Mikel, and the subsequent impact on him and his family. Clattenburg was cleared by The FA of any wrongdoing.

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How the FA reached the decision not to charge Clattenburg

After thorough investigation and legal examination, the FA said:

  • The evidence of Mikel's team-mate Ramires was not supported by any other evidence
  • It was contradicted by other witnesses
  • FA satisfied that the allegation against Clattenburg by Ramires was made in good faith
  • It is entirely possible for a witness to be genuinely mistaken

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