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Police drop probe into Clattenburg

Soccer

London - London's Metropolitan Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged inappropriate language towards a Chelsea player last month.

The European champions lodged a complaint with the FA over language allegedly directed at their Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United on October 28.

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Referee Mark Clattenburg. File photo: Toby Melville

That prompted the Society of Black Lawyers to lodge a written complaint with the police.

“Enquiries were made and no victims have come forward,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.

“If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention then further enquiries will, if appropriate, be made.”

Clattenburg has not been selected to referee Premier League matches for three consecutive weekends following the claims. - Reuters

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