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  • 14 November 2012, 4:03

Clattenburg: Probe Over Chelsea Claims Dropped

Police have dropped an investigation into football referee Mark Clattenburg's alleged use of inappropriate language during a match after no victim came forward.

A probe was launched into alleged comments made during a Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

The 37-year-old sent off two Chelsea players and allowed an arguably offside Man United goal during the Blues' 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "Inquiries were made and no victims have come forward.

"The matter will remain as a recorded incident.

"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 inquiries will, if appropriate, be made."

In a complaint to the Football Association, Chelsea alleged Mr Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as a racist remark towards midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The Metropolitan Police became involved after receiving a complaint from the Society of Black Lawyers.

Mr Clattenburg denied the claims but has not taken charge of a match since the allegations were made.

It followed a joint decision between himself and Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials.

The FA is conducting its own investigation and is yet to make a decision.