Referee's union: Clattenburg should ref Chelsea sooner rather than later

Mark Clattenburg has been urged to officiate a Chelsea match, sooner rather than later, by the referee’s union.

Mark made a return to work this weekend at White Hart Lane, four weeks after the Manchester United V Chelsea game where he was alleged to have called Mikel a monkey.

Alan Leighton, national secretary of Prospect, the referees’ union said: ‘I think if there was too long a delay in refereeing Chelsea then the issue gets dragged out again,

‘The key issue for Mark is getting back to refereeing and getting back to normal, and that means refereeing Chelsea as soon as he possibly can.’

After being cleared by the FA last week, Clattenburg was given the fourth official job for the Tottenham V West Ham game and had little work to do, other than holding up the board and reminding the managers to stay within their technical areas.

Sam Allardyce said: ‘I just said that I’m glad to see him back and get on with your refereeing. I’m sure he’s itching and ready to be back in the middle.’

As a club, we need to put this all behind us, and get back to our football. We have a busy December ahead of us and need to stick together, even with a joke of a manager…

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