FERGIE DEFENDS REF

The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has defended the referee Mark Clattenburg who was accused by the Chelsea management of racially abusing the Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel. Chelsea was defeated by Manchester United in a premier League match played last Sunday. Chelsea lost that match by a narrow margin of 3-2. After that match, the authorities of Chelsea lodged complaint against Clattenburg saying that the English referee racially abused one of its players. But, Ferguson has dismissed the allegations made by Chelsea.

In Saturday’s match, Clattenburg showed red card to Branislav Ivanovic in the 63rd minute of the match and then, showed second yellow card to Fernando Torres in the 68th minute which reduced Chelsea to nine players. Then again, in the 75th minute, Clattenburg allowed the goal scored by Javier Hernandez though it seemed that Hernandez was in an offside position while scoring the goal. The Chelsea manager, Roberto Mancini, got pissed off due to that.

Ferguson was talking to the reporters ahead of the Premier League match against Arsenal. When asked about that complaint lodged by Chelsea, Ferguson said, “I don’t think Clattenburg would have used the wrong language for Mikel. These things are very unlikely to happen in modern day football. 25 years ago, such things used to happen, but, not these days. In the last 10 years, not even a single player came to me and said that the referee passed on racial comments against him. For me, it’s very hard to believe that Clattenburg would have said anything like that.”

“Mark Clattenburg is not a new referee. He has been a FIFA referee since the last 6 years and one of the best in the business at the moment. I would be surprised if he is found guilty.”

CLATTENBURG GETS OLYMPIC NOD

The Premier league referee Mark Clattenburg has been chosen as the referee for the match between Mexico and Brazil in the final of the London Olympics 2012 football tournament. Mexico have been the surprise package of the football tournament at the London Olympics so far. They will be up against a formidable opposition in the form of Brazil in the final of the competition. Brazil are clearly the favourites to win the title, which would be their first gold medal in Olympic competition. Brazil have won every other major title there is to win for the international team. The best result that Brazil has achieved in the Olympics is the silver medal for years ago in Beijing.

Mark Clattenburg has been one of the best referees in the Premier league for the last few years now. He would be extremely delighted at the opportunity to be the referee of a final of this importance especially having missed out on the opportunity to participate in the World Cup and the European championships in the last few years. The 37-year-old will be assisted by the likes of Stephen Child and Simon Beck in the match. This is the first major opportunity for Mark Clattenburg given that he was the assistant referee to Howard Webb in the Euro 2012.

“Match officials in all sports make an important contribution to the success of sport and the appointment of the English referee team to the final match should be seen as another ‘gold’ for Team GB. This appointment means that English officials have controlled the World Cup final, Champions League final and Olympic final in the space of two years – a remarkable achievement which reflects well on the health of refereeing in this country,” said chairman of the FA referees’ committee, David Elleray.