A full 3 1/2 weeks and a Chelsea manager later, and the FA have finally come to the conclusion that there is not enough evidence, meaning there is no case.
I don’t quite understand how it has taken them so long to come to that conclusion, and I’m sure all parties would have been happier if they had realised this sooner.
The FA statement simply reads: “Having considered all of the available evidence it was the opinion of David Waters QC, independent counsel, that the evidence of Ramires was not supported by any other evidence. Moreover it was contradicted by other witnesses and does not cross the evidential threshold required to bring a charge against Mark Clattenburg.
“Having considered Counsel’s opinion, and in view of all the circumstances of the case, The FA does not believe that there is a case for Mr Clattenburg to answer.”
Mikel has also been charged in connection with this match, for his conduct after the game, using abusive language near/in the referee’s changing room.
“Mikel has been charged for an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to his side’s game against Manchester United,” read an FA statement.
“It is alleged that in or around the Match Officials’ changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour”. Mikel has until Friday Nov 30 to respond.
Well I can’t say I’m surprised at these findings, but two wrongs don’t make a right, and Mikel was always going to be charged for his behaviour on the day. All along we’ve known there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Clattenburg yet the FA seemed to drag it out as long as they could. No justice… but no surprise…