Chelsea make Clattenburg complaint over use of “inappropriate language”

Chelsea have made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using “inappropriate language” to two of their players in the defeat by Manchester United.

Chelsea have made a complaint to the Premier League regarding Clattenburg’s use of racial language towards two of there players. Chelsea did not reveal the identity of the players, although one of them is understood to have been Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi who was seen attempting to enter the referee’s dressing room after the game.

“The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association.”

In a later statement the Professional Game Match Officials – the body which controls Premier League referees – said it was “aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

“Mark will cooperate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established”.

All four officials – the referee, his two assistants and the fourth official – wear microphones and ear pieces that allow them to hear what each other is saying throughout the match, although what is said between them is not recorded.

The news that Chelsea had made the complaint rounded off a dramatic day which saw the Blues lose their unbeaten top-flight record after Javier Hernandez struck a controversial winner 15 minutes from time.

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were both given red cards in the space of five minutes in United’s 3-2 win, with the Spaniard’s dismissal for diving disputed by Chelsea.

Mark Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players on Sunday

Torres was shown a second yellow card in the 68th minute despite appearing to be clipped by defender Jonny Evans.

Chelsea also felt aggrieved that Hernandez’s winner was allowed to stand, as television replays suggested he was marginally offside before converting Rafael Da Silva’s cross.

“It is a shame a game like this had to be decided in that manner by officials,” said Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo.

“Surely when the referee watches it he will realise he has made big mistakes.”

Durham-based Clattenburg, 37, is viewed by the PGMO as one of the country’s leading officials.

In addition, Chelsea are to investigate reports that a steward was injured by objects thrown from the crowd at Stamford Bridge.

Hernandez appeared to be pelted as he celebrated scoring United’s winner in front of Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding Stand.

After that, a steward required 10 minutes of treatment before being taken to hospital.