Mark Clattenburg interviewed by Football Association over Chelsea racism claim
The Football Association has carried out a series of interviews with match officials today as investigations continue into allegations from Chelsea that referee Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel.
The interviewees are understood to have included Clattenburg plus assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.
The interview process was expected to be completed tonight or tomorrow, enabling a decision on whether any action should be taken by the FA to be made early next week.
Chelsea submitted a dossier of evidence to the FA containing signed witness statements from players, who allege Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist during the Premier League match against Manchester United on Oct 28.
The full file of evidence from Chelsea was received by the FA at the start of the week and since then the players have also been interviewed.