Published On: Wed, Nov 14th, 2012

Clattenburg case dropped

The Metropolitan Police have dropped their investigation into a complaint made by Chelseaaccusing referee Mark Clattenburg of using racially offensive language.

The claims were made in the wake of the Blues’ home defeat last month to Manchester United, with John Obi Mikel the victim of the alleged offence.

Recorded incident

The Met offered an official statement stating the matter would no longer be investigated. “Enquires were made and no victims have come forward. The matter will remain as a recorded incident.

“Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated. Clearly if the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support the allegation of a crime comes to police attention then further enquiries will, if appropriate, be made.”

Society of Black Lawyers

Peter Herbert, the chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers believes Chelsea should have taken their claims up with the police directly.

“What seems to have happened is that although Chelsea made a report to the FA they’ve decided, in their infinite wisdom, not to submit the same papers to police.

“It appears on the face of it to be another example of the football industry seeking to sweep racism under the carpet. If there is anything we can do to put pressure on the victims concerned to go forward to the police with this matter, then we’ll do that.

“It highlights the fact that football can not regulate itself and really, on this issue of race, always wants to take the path of least resistance.”

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