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Police investigate claims referee used racial slurs

ACCUSED: Mikel (centre) is understood to have complained about Clattenburg's language

THE METROPOLITAN police have confirmed they are investigating claims that a referee used “inappropriate language” towards two players during a Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Chelsea on October 28.

Chelsea formally complained to the Football Association claiming that referee Mark Clattenburg directed racially pejorative language at the footballers.

The two footballers who complained have not yet been officially named, however, sources indicate they are Nigerian international Jon Obi Mikel, and Spaniard Juan Mata.

Clattenburg, 37, has not been chosen to officiate any games this weekend.

A statement from the Metropolitan police said: “An investigation has been launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012.

“This follows on from a complaint received by the Metropolitan Police Service on October 29.

“At this time, the MPS has not received any complaint from either Chelsea Football Club, or the Football Association.

“We continue to work in partnership with Chelsea Football Club and the Football Association in order to consider any allegation that is made in relation to the reported events.”

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