Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Clattenburg set for Premier League return



Referee Mark Clattenburg will return to action this weekend after being cleared of racially abusing Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, the Premier League announced on Friday.

The 37-year-old will be the fourth official in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

He will then referee the game between Southampton and Norwich City on Wednesday next week.

On Friday, the Football Association said Clattenburg had "no case to answer" after an investigation into claims he insulted Mikel during a league match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month.

Referees' union Prospect have led calls for Chelsea to issue an apology to Clattenburg and the club are reported to be considering their response.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he was pleased that Clattenburg had been cleared, and appeared to criticise Chelsea for making the allegation in the first place.

"I did not believe it anyway," said Ferguson. "The unfortunate thing for Mark is that he has had to carry that stain for the last few weeks. Everyone in the game is pleased for him now – apart from Chelsea."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes Chelsea erred by making the complaint public.

"Was it right to go public on the issue? I would say no. Anything like that should be handled behind closed doors," he said.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United coach Alan Pardew expressed hope that British football fans would welcome Clattenburg's return.

"It was an allegation that has been proven not to be true, and therefore we should all support Mark," he said.

"I have just heard his first game is actually at Southampton, I believe, on Wednesday, and I hope the Southampton fans cheer his name."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Make or break time
Ten years ago today, I remember Andy Gray's iconic commentary at Anfield, when Steven Gerrard...