Referee cleared of making inappropriate language during Premier League clash


Prospect, the union representing Mark Clattenburg, has called for the referee to be given compensation after being cleared of using inappropriate language during a Premier League match.

Mark Clattenburg has not refereed a game since the accusations against him were made by Chelsea players after last month’s clash with Manchester United.

Prospect national secretary Alan Leighton said he welcomed “unreservedly” the decision to clear Mark Clattenburg and accepted that the complaint had needed a full and thorough investigation by the FA, including consideration of all the evidence.

But, he said, the matter could not be left there. “Mark Clattenburg deserves a full and unreserved apology from Chelsea. He deserves compensation for loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and stress.

“In addition, Chelsea should make a sizeable donation to Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out to help the fight against racism in football and beyond.

“This was a charge brought on the flimsiest of evidence that should never have got to this stage. The internal inquiry mounted by Chelsea and their QC rested on a dossier of evidence consisting of just one witness statement in relation to the specific allegation against Mark.

“This matter should never have been made public and should have been dealt with confidentially.”

Leighton made clear the union fully understood that the original complaint had to be taken seriously by Chelsea as the club had a duty of care towards its players.

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