The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

Chelsea 'regret' racism charges against referee


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.