London police launch probe into Man Utd-Chelsea ref claims

AP, Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

A new criminal investigation into racism in English football began on Tuesday when police formally opened a case into claims a referee directed 'inappropriate language' at two Chelsea players during a match

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In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 photo, Chelsea's Ramires, center left, remonstrates with referee Mark Clattenburg, center right, during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, London. (Photo: AP)

Referee Mark Clattenburg is accused of abusing midfielders John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata during Sunday's 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League, according to the lawyer whose complaint sparked the police investigation.

A day after the globally televised match, Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert said he asked officers to look into whether a ''racially aggravated offense has occurred'' at Stamford Bridge.

The Metropolitan Police responded in a statement on Tuesday by announcing that ''an investigation has been launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC.''

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