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Clattenburg sits out a fourth weekend

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Mark Clattenburg will miss a fourth round of Premier League matches due to the investigation © PA Photos
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Mark Clattenburg will sit out a fourth weekend of Premier League games as he awaits the Football Association's decision on claims from Chelsea that he used inappropriate language towards John Obi Mikel.

Clattenburg denies the accusation but with no verdict from the FA expected until later in the week he will be off duty again, a decision he welcomes while the case is still to be concluded.

Several Chelsea players have been interviewed by the FA regarding the matter, as well as Clattenburg himself and the two assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones who were present at Stamford on October 28 and communicated via a microphone.

Their conversations are not recorded so it will be up to the trio to confirm whether Chelsea's version of events is accurate.

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