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Wenger criticises Chelsea's Clattenburg complaint

ESPN staff
November 1, 2012
Mark Clattenburg is being investigated by FA and police © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has taken issue with Chelsea for going public with their complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Blues have formally raised concerns over the language Clattenburg used towards midfielder John Obi Mikel in the match against Manchester United on Sunday, lodging a complaint with the FA following an internal investigation.

Clattenburg also faces a police probe following the Society of Black Lawyers' request for an investigation; he will reportedly deny allegations.

While the saga continues, Wenger has said he would rather see such issues dealt with behind closed doors, away from the public and media glare.

"I believe one of the best things in sport is it's a battle when it is on," Wenger said. "You can sort out the problems you had, especially in England, internally. If it comes to making the lawyers rich I'm not a fan of it.

"One of the great things in sports as well is tolerance, forgiveness and explanation internally and I think it should stay like that. It can happen that a referee doesn't behave well, I do not say they are angels, but it is always better to sort it out in the room.

"I didn't follow the whole [Chelsea] story completely [but] my opinion is just when I didn't behave well I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game or another day, rather than going public with little proof. I'm not in favour of making these things public."

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