• Premier League

Clattenburg out of action for second weekend

ESPN staff
November 5, 2012
Mark Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since his controversial performance at Stamford Bridge © Getty Images

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has again been left off the list of officials on duty across the top flight and Football League for the coming weekend.

Clattenburg is the subject of an investigation by the Met Police and the Football Association over alleged inappropriate language used towards John Obi Mikel in Chelsea's controversial 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last week.

The official is due to meet the FA and police this week, after a complaint was made to police from the Society of Black Lawyers, and Clattenburg himself has decided not to take charge of a match.

Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said: "PGMOL was fully prepared to appoint Mark to matches this weekend.

"However, having discussed this with him, we both consider that it is in Mark's best interests that he has this week away from officiating duties while he prepares to help the FA and police with their enquiries.''

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