Ref Mark Clattenburg has hit out at Chelsea.
The FA yesterday cleared the FIFA ref, 37, of racially abusing Blues midfield star John Obi Mikel.
Clattenburg told The Sun: â€śTo know you were innocent but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening.
â€śRacism 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.
â€śThe messages of encouragement from those inside and outside the game helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.â€ť
Mikel has been charged by the FA for an incident at the match officialsâ€™ room after the game, which Chelsea lost 3-2.
Alan Leighton, head of refereesâ€™ union Prospect, said: â€śMark is very upset his reputation has been dragged through the mud by this process. There was no need for Chelsea to make the public aware of the allegation.
â€śThere is also an issue of flimsiness about the evidence provided.
â€śWhat we now need is for Chelsea to accept the verdict, to fully apologise unreservedly to Mark for the actions theyâ€™ve taken in damaging his career and to compensate him for that.â€ť