Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




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

Football | Barclays Premier League

Chelsea 'regret' handling of ref case



Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of allegations against referee Mark Clattenburg after a Premier League match last month, the club said on Tuesday.

Chelsea also said they were sorry for the intense media scrutiny Clattenburg was subjected to following the game against Manchester United in which they complained about "inappropriate language" the referee had allegedly used towards their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association on Thursday.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck held a meeting with Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which manages top English referees, and the Premier League to discuss the matter on Monday.

"The club regrets not having given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28th October," Chelsea said in a statement on their website.

"The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family.

"The referees accept that, given Chelsea FC had received a good faith claim from one of their employees, the club had an obligation under FA rules to report the allegation."

Chelsea said they would welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge and the referees' governing body said it would have no hesitation in appointing him to officiate Chelsea games.

"There was recognition by all parties that the impartiality and integrity of refereeing in this country remains paramount," Chelsea said.

"All parties now believe it is time to draw a line under this incident, learn from it and move on for the good of all Premier League clubs, players and match officials."

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.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


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

Live Video Streaming

Pltv: Football Today - 16 September
Blitz Bulletin - September 16
Varsity Football - Womens Final: Tuks v Tut

Sports Talk



John Dykes
Copa BPL is the way to go
Monday night’s game at the KC Stadium provided another reminder that 2014/2015 could well turn out...

Claudia Ekai
How the mighty fell
African football history tells many stories of the rise and fall of stars that once had the world...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Nigerian football farce
Anyone in Africa who follows football is aware of the farce that has been going on in the football...

Emeka Enyadike
Shakes, Big Boss and Cape of Good Hope
When South Africa and Nigeria meet tonight in Cape Town, one word will dominate the thoughts of...

Neil Tovey
The value of Vilakazi
With Sibusiso Vilakazi having coming off the bench to score a brace for Bafana Bafana against...

Dr Errol Sweeney
A cheat is a cheat is a cheat
You can dress it up any way you want to. A cheat is a cheat is a cheat.