After the FA concluded that there was a lack of evidence, as well as contradictory statements, to charge Mark Clattenburg over the alleged racism row, the referee´s union Prospect are now going to try and sue Chelsea FC on behalf of Mark Clattenburg.
The referee makes his return to action this weekend, as fourth official for the West Ham Versus Tottenham game, his first game back officiating since October 28.
Prospect claim that they are pursuing this case on two grounds, both that the allegation has affected Clattenburg’s life and professional standing, and in order to deter any such claims being made public in the future.
‘I don’t know if we get an apology from Chelsea. I hope we will. It would be the classy thing to do, it would be the right thing to do more importantly.
‘There needs to be a recognition that Mark’s reputation has been tarnished, been dragged through the mud, his integrity has been impugned and it’s unfortunate that the Chelsea statement makes not a scintilla of recognition of the damage that has been done to Mark.
‘Chelsea didn’t need to do what they did in the way that they did it. They could have kept the reporting of the incident confidential and they didn’t need to pursue it once they’d realised that the only evidence they had was the statement of Ramires when there was contradictory evidence.’
This is a complete joke, Clattenburg wants his payout, when the FA’s investigation doesn’t claim he was wrongly accused, just that there was insignificant evidence. The referee might be innocent in the eyes of the law, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t say it. Just as we appear to be able to sweep this under the carpet and get on with our football, this happens…