By 8pm last night, the West London club, lodged an official complaint against Clattenburg, for using inappropriate language to two of their players.
“We have a lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents during today’s match,” a Chelsea spokesman said. “The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time.”
Although the club did not reveal the identities of the players, a report in the UK Guardian claims the players were John Mikel Obi and Juan Mata. It is understood the Nigerian international, stormed into Clattenburg’s room after the game, to demand for an apology.
“They did not reveal the identity of the players, although one of them is understood to have been the Nigeria international Mikel John Obi, a player that Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, felt had been lucky to avoid a red card from Clattenburg, in a game in which two Chelsea players, Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, did receive them,” David Hytner wrote.
The Professional Game Match Officials, in a statement, confirmed that “is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness. Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established. No further comment will be made until matter has been properly investigated.”
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