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Chelsea offer no apology to Clattenburg

ESPN staff
November 23, 2012
Mark Clattenburg has been cleared of using racist language towards John Obi Mikel © Getty Images

Chelsea have suggested they will not be offering an apology to referee Mark Clattenburg after the referee was cleared of using racist language towards John Obi Mikel.

Both Clattenburg and Professional Referees' Union spokesman Alan Leighton have criticised Chelsea's decision to go public with their complaint, with the club briefing the press room little over an hour after the game against Manchester United on October 28.

Chelsea's decision to go to the press created a media storm and left Clattenburg's reputation in tatters, even though he has now been told there is no case to answer after there was found to be no evidence to back up Ramires' claims.

However, when asked if Chelsea would be offering the official a full apology, Chelsea spokesman Steve Adkins said: "We are pleased that the FA recognise the claim lodged by Rameires was done in good faith. They also recognise that Chelsea FC did what was expected on that occasion. We now hope everyone returns to playing football and refereeing without prejudice. We will not be adding to our statement."

Leighton, Prospect's national secretary, said: "Mark Clattenburg deserves a full and unreserved apology from Chelsea. He deserves compensation for loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and stress. In addition, Chelsea should make a sizeable donation to Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out to help the fight against racism in football and beyond.

"This was a charge brought on the flimsiest of evidence that should never have got to this stage.''

Mike Riley, general manager of the referees' body, said: "I hope Chelsea will do the right thing."

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