Fergie Slams Chelsea’s Clattenburg Allegations

By on November 2, 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed Chelsea for accusing Mark Clattenburg of using racially abusive language towards John Obi Mikel.

Both the police and the FA are investigating allegations that referee Clattenburg used ‘inappropriate language’ towards Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel during Sunday’s controversial clash at Stamford Bridge.

However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at those claims, insisting he is convinced it is ‘unthinkable’ that Clattenburg would make such remarks towards a player. Fergie is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:

‘I don’t believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comment like that,’ said Ferguson.

‘I think it’s unthinkable. It’s unthinkable in the modern climate. I just don’t believe it.

‘There’s no way a referee would stoop that low. I’m convinced of that.

‘If you look at the modern game compared to 25 years ago it’s completely changed. I know the banter between players and referees 25 years ago is completely different.

‘I have never heard a player come to me in the last 15 years and say a referee has sworn at them during a game, ever.

‘This is where I stand on this issue with Mark Clattenburg. I just don’t believe it.’

Ferguson’s side came out on top on the day, winning 3-2 thanks to a controversial winner from Javier Hernandez, who’s goal was allowed to stand despite replays showing he was in an offside position.

Clattenburg is expected to be backed by assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long, as well as fourth official Michael Jones, who insist they didn’t hear anything untoward on their linked headsets during the game and are prepared to testify to this.

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16 Comments

  1. Jude

    November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Ferguson must give his back up to dar Ref.bcos he favours him…but one day God will xpose him and the worl will see his hands work in England….up CHELSEA….

  2. unclezillion

    November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    why is someone it doesn’t concern commenting on matters he did not see or hear?

  3. falade charles

    November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    let ferguson shut hell mouth up

  4. Osifodunrin Olayincar

    November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    D man is jst sayin it 4 d sake of it

  5. falade charles

    November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    i dont know what this people wanted to turn epl to or they wanted to turn it to family league,why MAN U every time

  6. daddyblue

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I think Mr Ferguson has every right to stand behind and support one of his most valued employees.

  7. Joseph Mensah

    November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    If he said it or not what is Alex Ferguson’s problem about this, he should let us be and concentrate in his manchester united affairs.

  8. Douglas

    November 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Any body can say whatever he or she like. But wht I’m saying is SIR ALEX should be investigated for match fixing and FA is been managed by bunch of idiots…Frm Arsnl fans

  9. David

    November 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a ManUtd fan, and I don’t i’ve for once open chelsea or any other club’s website to comment, for what? anyway, I understand some people are jobless and can’t think, and i back my Gov. (Lagos) that says 90% of chelsea fans are tugs, who can not think bt just to fight and scatter things.

  10. Lawrence

    November 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    The old man does not know he is gradually opening up his hidden antiques with refrees. He want to side him because of a favour done for three controversial calls in favour of his side. How can the old man say he is sure the refree never made a racist slur is he there or is he God? He just want to use this means & entice other refrees that he will still back them up when they get into trouble because of his team.

  11. Douglas

    November 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    ARSENAL watchout because FA & REF will definitely cheat on ARSNL

  12. napi boi

    November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    this old idiot is an oaf…wot’s his f**king in dis case…i’ve been expectin such comment from him cuz his a crap.after ref favour in liverpool and chelsea matches,i know other ref would b scared to continue their agreement wit man u…man u suckz

  13. napi boi

    November 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    this old idiot is an oaf…wot’s his f**king business in dis case…i’ve been expectin such comment from him cuz his a crap.after ref favour in liverpool and chelsea matches,i know other ref would b scared to continue their agreement wit man u…man u suckz

  14. David

    November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Sentiment apart, football apart, i believe some people don’t grow old simply because they lack respect for elderly people.
    am so concern the way some people talk. the way you people talk to sir alex simply indicates it is not game or club matter but lack of manner.

  15. John

    November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Well,these are some of the things people are talking about. Fergie is with his United fans on the slogan,(Clatternburg, referee,leader and legend). But unfortunately all these fictitious tittles were accorded to Clattenburg by Fergie and his fans as part of the bargain.The ref has played his part in awarding the match to Fergie, now it’s his turn to rise up in support of the man.Personally I strongly feel that any coach jumping into this matter especially taking the side of the referee at this time when the case is under investigation,is simply trying to buy favor for his team,after all what is the best and cheapest way to win matches than to be in league with the referees? By jumping to defend someone when the case is still under investigation? A person you has direct involvement with,either as employer or employee,then you are making a statement of connivance!!!

  16. John

    November 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Well,these are some of the things people are talking about. Fergie is with his United fans on the slogan,(Clatternburg, referee,leader and legend). But unfortunately all these fictitious tittles were accorded to Clattenburg by Fergie and his fans as part of the bargain.The ref has played his part in awarding the match to Fergie, now it’s his turn to rise up in support of the man.Personally I strongly feel that any coach jumping into this matter especially taking the side of the referee at this time when the case is under investigation,is simply trying to buy favor for his team,after all what is the best and cheapest way to win matches than to be in league with the referees? By jumping to defend someone when the case is still under investigation? A person you has no direct involvement with,either as employer or employee,then you are making a statement of connivance!!!

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