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Police launch Clattenburg investigation

Harry Harris and ESPN staff
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The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into allegations made by Chelsea of "inappropriate language" from referee Mark Clattenburg directed at two of their players.

The police investigation follows an announcement from the FA on Monday that it has launched its own probe into the events which are alleged to have taken place during Sunday's 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

A police statement read: "An investigation has been launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012. This follows on from a complaint received by the Metropolitan Police Service on 29 October.

"Officers from Hammersmith & Fulham borough are in liaison with Chelsea Football Club and the Football Association. At this time, the MPS has not received any complaint from either Chelsea Football Club, or the Football Association."

Chelsea lodged an official complaint against Clattenburg following the game for what they claim were racist and xenophobic comments made by the official towards midfielders John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata. Chelsea's complaint is that Mikel was the victim of a racist comment, while Spain midfielder Mata was allegedly called a "Spanish t**t" by Clattenburg.

Clattenburg has vowed to co-operate fully with their enquiries and is understood to be determined to clear his name. He has been offered the backing of the referees' union, although he has been removed from the list of referees for this weekend's fixtures in light of the allegations made against him.

The FA is yet to interview Clattenburg but is expected to do so, possibly after requesting a written account from him about what took place. He has already filed what is known as an 'extraordinary incident report', which is understood to mainly deal with a meeting which is alleged to have taken place in the referees' room after the match.

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