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Clattenburg admits relief after being cleared of Chelsea complaint

Referee Mark Clattenburg admits he is completely relieved after he was cleared by the Football Association today.

The 37-year old was accused of using racist language towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during the clash with Manchester United on October 28 but has been cleared following a formal investigation.

The FA have thrown the case out and promptly charged Mikel for his behaviour near the match officials dressing room after the match and now Clattenburg has spoken of his relief that his career has not been affected by the allegations.

"To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening," he said.

"Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse.

"However, there are processes that should be adhered to in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

"I know first-hand the ramifications of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go through this in the future.

"I am looking forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the Premier League and other competitions."

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