Sir Alex Ferguson defends Mark Clattenburg over Chelsea’s racial allegations
Manchester Untied manager Sir Alex Ferguson has jumped to the defense of referee Mark Clattenburg following Chelsea’s racial allegations on him. The Football Association cleared Mark Clattenburg following a four-week long trial.
Chelsea accused Mark Clattenburg of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder Johm Obi Mikel in aftermath of Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over them back in October. Sir Alex Ferguson confessed he has been critical on referees in the past, but he always respected boundaries. The Scotsman believes Chelsea crossed a line by accusing Mark Clattenburg of racial taunts.
“I’ve had run-ins with referees over the years and sometimes I have been punished but I never went out of my way to get a referee in trouble by fabricating anything in any way. It’s always been what I’ve actually seen myself. It was never saying things that were inaccurate,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“There is nothing wrong with losing your temper for the right reasons. I once talked about Alan Wiley being overweight. That was what I saw. I wasn’t fabricating anything.
“The next morning you wake up and you think ‘hell, I shouldn’t have said that’ but your anger at times carries you away.”
Mark Clattenburg will be back to refereeing in today’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Mark Clattenburg pulled himself out of games while he was on trial by the FA. Sir Alex Ferguson sympathized with Mark Clattenburg over the troubles he has had to face over the past couple of weeks.
“He’s had to carry the stain but he’s been cleared and that’s a good thing,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Most people in the game are really pleased with that.
“I never thought what was claimed could have happened and I said that at the time. There is no way I can imagine a referee making a comment like that.”
Chelsea takes on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge today. The encounter will mark the return of Rafael Benitez to the English Premier League. The former Liverpool manager has been called in to replace Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this week.