There are some worrying things emerging in the paper at the moment from Chelsea’s point of view, specifically about the reliability of what was and what was not heard during the Manchester United game.
An article surfaced today in The Mirror question whether the allegation which has been made against Mark Clattenburg, was founded on something which had been mis-heard or misunderstood. Supposedly, and this is nothing more than hearsay, Clattenburg may have said ‘shut up, Mikel’ rather than…you know. Whether or not there’s any truth in that will presumably emerge over the coming days – or, knowing The FA, months. Ultimately, this seems to hinge on whether David Luiz can understand a Geordie accent or not. It’s pretty tenuous.
Hypothetically, if Clattenburg is proven to have done nothing wrong, Chelsea are in a world of trouble for what happened after the final whistle. Barging into the referees room with Ron Gourlay, John Terry, and Mikel – with the threat of breaking legs? That’s not going to end well. Yes, racial abuse would have obviously been a mitigating circumstance for that – but if there was none, then this would just boil down to ‘threatening an official’. The FA won’t see the funny side of that.
God knows how this is going to end.
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