Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed that the Nigerian footballer almost cost his job with his allegation.
According to the referee, he outlined that Chelsea football club alongside Mikel Obi accused him of racially abusing Mikel.
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This erupted in a game between Manchester United and Chelsea where the Red Devils got the winning goal which was termed offside but was ignored by the referee.
They were also punished by the officials after recording two red cards following Ivanovic and Fernando Torres exit.
Fernando Torres exit was however brutal following how he was booked and was sent off by Mark after being fouled by a Manchester United defender.
Chelsea after the match reported the case to FIFA which was analysed by the board. It was confirmed positive as Clattenburg escaped a possible penalty.
However, Clattenburg was pissed at the report the Chelsea board issued to FIFA which involved racism_ Says he never racially abused Mikel.
In his words, he said:
“Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press.”
“According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you monkey.’ The language disgusted me, it was damaging and fictitious.”
“Twenty-five days after the game, the FA dismissed the case. I was not guilty, something I had known all along.”
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