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Chelsea Manager hits backs at Alex Ferguson for his comments regarding Clattenburg

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Chelsea lodged an official complaint against match referee Mark Clattenburg after their highly controversial match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel during the match.

These allegations could have massive repercussions as this comes during a period when English football is struggling to keep racism out of the game.

Stalwarts like Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson have voiced their concerns over these serious charges brought against a match official. Wenger believes that these issues should not have been made public; instead it should be settled behind closed doors. Sir Alex on the other hand has questioned the validity of these allegations.

Sir Alex was quoted in press:

“I don’t believe he would make comments like that. I refuse to believe it. It’s unthinkable.

“There is not a referee who would stoop to that. I’m convinced by that.

“I’ve never had a player come to me in the last 15 years and say a referee swore in a game – ever.

“The way we see the game today rather than how it was 25 years ago, it has completely changed. I played myself and I know that the banter which went on between referees and players 25 years ago is different to today.”

The above comments didn’t go down too well with Roberto Di Matteo. The Chelsea manager has hit back at Ferguson saying that he shouldn’t be talking about other club’s issues.

Roberto Di Matteo told the press:

“Yes, and I have to say that it happened in the past as well. There is a lot of respect between your colleagues, the managers, in general. And everybody has a different approach. Some people talk about other clubs and clubs’ issues and some don’t. We’ll take the knowledge of his comments but it doesn’t mean that we share it.

“It’s a free country where everybody has freedom of speech. We take into consideration what other people say and use it as a motivational tool for ourselves. It is a free country, as I say, and everybody can say what they want. He [Ferguson] likes to talk about other clubs; we tend not to. I’ll leave it up to him.”

Di Matteo continued to vent his frustration against the refereeing standards and pointed out that Manchester United always gets favorable decisions. But he stopped short of accusing the referee of doing this on purpose.

Di Matteo added:

“There is a lot of evidence for being concerned that all the decisions go in United’s favour. There are some feelings in general but I don’t think they [referees] do that with a purpose. It’s just part of their decision-making and it seems to go in one direction. Does it even itself out? I don’t know.

“We need to support the referees. The players and managers have to do everything to support the referees. As much as it angers us and me personally when a key decision goes against me, I still believe we need to do everything to support the officials and make sure that they can perform at the best of their ability.”

Chelsea are now coming under increased criticism for lodging complaint against Mark Clattenburg with little or no evidence to back up their claims. They have already withdrawn the initial charge of Clattenburg abusing Juan Mata, which has now put a lot question marks on their credibility. Journalist Des Kelly has criticized Chelsea for trying to disrepute Mark Clattenburg with such frail evidence.

Kelly said in his article for the Dailymail:

“Not that Mikel heard this insult, you understand. It is based on the word of Brazilian player Ramires Santos do Nascimento, who apparently believes he was able to hear Clattenburg abusing his Chelsea team-mate.

At this point, it is worth noting that Ramires speaks about as much English as I speak Portuguese — which is very little. His club interviews require the services of a translator and, on the pitch, he apparently asked David Luiz — another Brazilian — to explain what he thought he had heard Clattenburg say.

Is this the evidence Chelsea are relying on to destroy a match official’s career? A piece of hearsay passed on second or third hand?”

Kelly has furthered questioned this sudden increased sense of hearing among the Chelsea players, who couldn’t hear John Terry abusing Anton Ferdinand from ‘close proximity’.

Football fans will hope that the FA can resolve this issue much quicker than they did while handling the Terry-Ferdinand saga. It would be interesting to see how strongly Chelsea pursue this case.

Comments (17)

  1. “Di Matteo continued to vent his frustration against the refereeing standards and pointed out that Manchester United always gets favorable decisions.”

    That is not true at all, sometimes Chelsea also has a lot of credit with referees, and small clubs are suffering because of that.

  2. well well well who said people who can not speak fluent english are not able to hear few words about someone being racially abused, and so why do you use young kids as witnesses in courts. Personally i think mikel was discriminated and ramires is the witness. Lets fight against racism

    • You think only, was it confirmed? They alleged the referee abused Mata and then cowardly withdrawn cos their own players did not even heard anything.
      Let’s fight against false accusations and false testifying in courts.

  3. Its ok if a certain anton ferdinand destroyed JT’s international career but if chelsea act against racism they are criticized for ruining a ref’s career who should actualy retire with shame after his horror show on 28th oct’12
    n FYI mikel went to talk to clatenburg but he dint say do anything to clear it so thats why chelsea went ahead and lodged a complain
    n everyone knows what “MONKEY” means so ramires knows what he heard…
    stop being so anti chelsea what have chelsea done to get criticized so much.???

    • chelsea had been making false accusations and their staff and players telling lies, as seen in the JT case. Period!

  4. n is calling someone choc ice on social media ok.???
    If terry is a racist for alledgly abusing anton then so is rio for abusing cole n there is clearly more evidence of rio abusing than JT bt still rio isnt punished harshly but JT is by FA(fergie’s association)…. this is one of the many manU favouring decesions that FA have taken that proove that FA love and support manU

    • wake up, rio is of the same race as cashley cole, so he is not being racist, since the remark is against his own race. JT shld have been penalised more, f**king his team-mate wife was not enuff, disgrace to the englishmen!

  5. “He [Ferguson] likes to talk about other clubs; we tend not to. I’ll leave it up to him.”

    and then

    Di Matteo continued to vent his frustration against the refereeing standards and pointed out that Manchester United always gets favorable decisions.

    I’m sure the irony of this was lost on him.

  6. Y cant u anti-chelsea guys keep quiet. Wil stupid Ferguson b happy had it bn that the favoured arsenal against them on Saturday? I am seriously annoyed and manu is lucky that, d match was not played in my country Nigeria maybe FA wil hav bn talking of burying d ref by now. Stupid officials.

    • Very funy you and who are kiling? If u dont know what to say u bera b mute…. Am a nigerian like… U

  7. Fegie shuld always respect & mind his biznes, we all kn hw man u is always suported by both FA & Refs.

  8. who is that blind alan who can’t see all the injustices other clubs get when playin manutd.
    its a big shame and the whole world knows it
    now,its denting our favourite premier league.

  9. If Ferguson is a good coach, let him manage West Brom and finish up to 7th in the league. 90% of his so called success comes from the Fa and refs. 90% of the so called Red demon’s success is from refs and the double-standard Fa. Who is fooling who ? Is either an offside goal, an undeserved penalty, dissallowing of oponent’s good goals etc. Shame unto English double-standard Fa.

    • Yes he is THAT good; you make an easy point based on him being manager of United – but he took Aberdeen from also-rans to League (x3) and Cup (x4) winners in Scotland and European Cup Winners Cup Winners and Super Cup Winners in Europe – where just in case you doubt their calibre, they defeated Bayern Munich on the way and Real Madrid in the Final!

      Now that’s management my friend, so put your ABU prejuduce away and read some books!

  10. by the way, did anton ferdinand hear JT’s abuse? Was he not told by a girl. Why won’t Ramires hear the abuse on Mikel. Kelly should shut up. Fergie cannot believe that mark abused Mikel, but he could believe that suarez abused evra; SAF is a racist himself and should keep his mouth shut.

  11. alan you are a wet slurt yeah thats wat i think you are

  12. Terry’s video was all over u tube why is mikel’s own nowhere to be found? Double standard. The fan who acted like a monkey was video my pple double standard, in as much that ref is a family man and i want him free,dt does nt mak sick alex n co right.