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The referee, who denies any wrongdoing and is understood to have been baffled by the allegation, has liaised heavily with the officials’ union, Prospect, over the course of the week in preparation for his meeting with the governance department. He will also be interviewed by the Metropolitan police, which has acted upon a complaint lodged by the Society of Black Lawyers, though the Met has not asked the FA to put its investigation on hold for fear of prejudicing any potential criminal charges.
The other members of the refereeing team at Stamford Bridge for United’s controversial 3-2 victory – in which he dismissed the hosts’ Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres before Javier Hernández scored the winner from an offside position – the assistants Michael McDonough and Simon Long, and the fourth official Mike Jones, have also been interviewed to ascertain if they heard Clattenburg use inappropriate language over the referee’s open-microphone system in an altercation with Mikel after United’s third goal.
Chelsea, who had lodged their complaint to the Premier League delegate around two hours after the final whistle, submitted a dossier of evidence to the FA last week when making a formal complaint over the use of “inappropriate language” they claim was used against Mikel. His words were interpreted by at least one other player to be racist. Long, McDonough and Jones are believed to be backing the referee’s argument that nothing untoward was said.
Clattenburg has accepted his priority this week was to prepare for his interview with the FA rather than for a return to the Premier League roster. Professional Game Match Officials, the body in charge of all officials in the English game, announced on Monday that it considered it to be in his “best interests” to stand down for a second weekend in a row while the respective investigations took place. The 37-year-old was never due to officiate an international fixture next midweek.