Chelsea lodge Clattenburg complaint
Referee Mark Clattenburg sent off two Chelsea players in a stormy clash at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using "inappropriate language" to two of their players in the controversial defeat to Manchester United.
The European champions confirmed they have reported Clattenburg to the Premier League match delegate after the fiery 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge.
A club spokesman said: "We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today's match. The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time."
Clattenburg insisted he would co-operate with any investigation.
Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO), the body which represents Premier League referees, released a statement which read: "PGMO is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.
"Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established. No further comment will be made until this matter has been properly investigated."
All four officials - the referee, his two assistants and the fourth official - wear microphones and ear pieces that allow them to hear what each other is saying throughout the match. What is said between them is not recorded.
The revelation that Chelsea had made the complaint rounded off a dramatic day which saw the nine-man Blues lose their unbeaten top-flight record after Javier Hernandez struck 15 minutes from time.
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Clattenburg will probably use the john terry defence and say he didn't use inappropriate language he only repeated what the players said to him and whats the betting cole heard every word this time
joker hes helped u lot in the past!
overall with both sendings off they got justifed in the end dont u think especially after torres in the first half with his kick on cleverley!
just a little mention about cleverely, that is how u play fair and not try and get a player sent off!
terrible dangerous foul and he got up straight away when a number of other players would of stayed on the dec rolling around!
I've heard it all now. Poor Diddums ... did their delicate ears hear some naughty words from the referee??
From the team with John Terry as it's captain ... you couldn't make it up.
But then again, should we be surprised at anything this club with no class do?
Well I hope they do something about Mark Clattenburg he was awful, FA just need to get rid.
What would Ronaldo have done in his pomp, need we ask just look at You Tube and would Fergie have backed him up for going down as he so often did, need we ask again.
Clattenberg had a mare of a game today,I would like to say it was a one off but unfortunately he is one of the worst refs around.
The standard of refereeing has dropped alarmingly over the last few years,all teams have become victims of their ineptitude.
Unless something is done about the situation the game is going to lose all credibility,they should be made to explain their decisions and when they have clearly made a game changing mistake should be banned from officiating for a period like players are.They should also be demoted to the lower leagues until they prove their competence and mental ability to handle the big games without feeling intimidated.
You'd be hearing it from the roof tops if United had the sort of decisions Chelsea had today go against them! Talk about stones and glass houses.
No class eh Andy? I suppose Giggs and Rooneys antics constitute class up at OT do they mate?
Note all the Mancs are out in support of their dear friends at the F.A.
football players use inappropiate language week in week out! if thats such an offence im surprised chelsea have any players left on the pitch!
clattenburg has ruined plenty of matches! he is useless, however his decison making today i thought was a case of two halves!
dont understand how torres didnt get sent off in the first half for his high studs up challenge on cleverley, cant understand why rooney got booked as it was just a normal tackle, and why young wasnt awared a foul leading upto the chelsea first goal bringing them back into the game!
as for the 2nd he got better! rightly sending off ivanovic being last man, torres for going over easi, then he buggers up by not sending mikel off, booked for dissent and then carrying on!