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Sports News of Monday, 15 November 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

How Mikel almost ruined my career – Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg and former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi play videoFormer Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg and former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg has revealed how racial claims by former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi almost ruined his career.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Clattenburg said Mikel accused him of making racist comments but he was later cleared by the FA of any wrongdoing.

“He has never apologized and that is disappointing because it could have ruined my life,” he said.

“I fell out of love with refereeing for a while after that but couldn’t quit because I had a family to support and no other career to pursue.

“It all left a bad feeling that still lingers today.”

Clattenburg who spent 13 years at the zenith of the biggest league in the world resigned in 2017 to become the Head of Refereeing in Saudi Arabia.

Described as one of the best in the industry, he has also had his fair share of unpopular incidents during his time.

Apart from games in the English Premier League, he officiated Champions League and international fixtures.