Clattenburg to take charge of Chelsea game

Referee returns to Stamford Bridge for Blues’ clash with Swansea

Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared of using racist language towards Chelsea  midfielder John Obi Mikel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared of using racist language towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Mon, Apr 22, 2013, 17:17

Mark Clattenburg is to referee this Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Swansea, the Premier League has confirmed.

It will be the official’s first match involving Chelsea since last autumn’s racism row involving John Obi Mikel.

Clattenburg was accused of using “inappropriate language” towards Mikel but was cleared by the Football Association.

The matter arose from the Blues’ fiery clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28th with Chelsea making a complaint based on reports from their players.

Clattenburg did not referee for four weeks while the FA investigated but the governing body determined the official had no case to answer.

Police also dropped their separate inquiry and Chelsea later issued a statement expressing regret at the way it was handled.

Since resuming duties Clattenburg has been eligible to referee Chelsea but five months have passed before being appointed to another fixture involving the London club by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

Chelsea have no issue with the appointment and are ready to welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge.

In a joint statement issued with the Premier League and PGMOL last November, the club said: “Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.”