Mark Clattenburg with Mikel Obi
The British Football Association has charged Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, with misconduct during his club’s October 28 match against Manchester United.
Obi had alleged that referee Mark Clattenburg cast a racial slur at him during the match.
But the referee will not face disciplinary action as he has been cleared by the police and the FA although Chelsea said they were standing by Obi.
Earlier, it emerged that Chelsea could also be charged in the matter but this is apparently no longer the case.
The footballer has until November 30 to respond to the FA’s charge.
The full text reads:
“Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel has been charged by The FA for an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to his side’s game against Manchester United on 28 October 2012.
“It is alleged that in or around the Match Officials’ changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour.
“The player has until Friday 30 November 2012 to respond to the charge.”
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