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Mikel to move on

Nigerian midfielder, John Mikel Obi has accepted his three game ban after he confronted referee, Mark Clattenburg following Chelsea's stormy Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United in October.

A Football Association independent regulatory commission handed down Mikel's ban on Thursday, which included a £60,000 fine, after the Chelsea midfielder admitted the charge.

The midfielder will not appeal against the ruling according to the Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez.

Benitez revealed that he had a chat with Mikel about the issue and that the Nigerian had decided to move on.

“I was talking to Mikel about the issue and he has accepted the punishment. He has decided to move on,” said Benitez.

Mikel will miss Chelsea’s trip to the Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday as a result of the ban.


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