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Chelsea 'regret' racism charges against referee

Published on Nov 28, 2012 6:06 AM
Fourth official Mark Clattenburg reacts before officiating at Tottenham Hotpur versus West Ham United's English Premier League football match at White Hart Lane in London Nov 25, 2012.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea expressed Tuesday their "regrets" over the way they complained of racist abuse by referee Mark Clattenburg.

The European champions, in a a joint statement with referees' body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and the Premier League, admitted they should have "given more consideration" before making their allegation public.

Last week the Football Association (FA) decided to take no disciplinary action whatsoever against Clattenburg following an investigation into Chelsea's allegation he used "inappropriate language" against midfielder John Obi Mikel.

That followed an earlier decision by police to end their enquiries into the incident due to a lack of evidence.

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