The future of referee Mark Clattenburg could come down to whether he used the word ‘monkey’ in his exchange with John Obi Mikel.
The Sun has reported that Nigerian Mikel, who did not hear the alleged racist slur, was told by two Chelsea team-mates - Brazilians Ramires and David Luiz - that he was called ‘a monkey’ in the match against Manchester United on Sunday.
When Ramires told Mikel that he thought he’d been called ‘a monkey’, at least three members of the Chelsea playing and coaching staff asked: ‘Are you certain?’.
He was questioned by team-mates and staff who asked if, with Clattenburg speaking with such a strong North East accent, the official had said ‘shut up, Mikel’, rather than ‘shut up, monkey’, which has been alleged.
David Luiz speaks very good English, Ramires less so. They are both adamant they heard the slur, although Clattenburg denies the claims and is supported by his two assistants.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed they had acted on a ‘complaint’ from the Society of Black Lawyers after the European champions accused Clattenburg of using racist comments. The allegations are also the subject of a Football Association investigation.
The police statement read: ‘An investigation has been launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012.
‘Officers from Hammersmith & Fulham borough are in liaison with Chelsea Football Club and the Football Association.’
Clattenburg, who has been taken off the Premier League match list this weekend, has protested his innocence since his controversial handling of Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
Culled from Daily Mail UK