A former iconic referee in the English Premier League, Mark Clattenburg, has revealed in his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, that he found the racial allegation levelled against him by ex-Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, disgusting and damaging.
Clattenburg claimed that a complaint of racial abuse was filed three days after he officiated the match between the Blues and Manchester United, an action he said almost made him quit the refereeing profession.
Recall that in 2012, Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing the Nigerian player.
The allegation came on the heel of a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal.
However, in his autobiography, he wrote: “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.”