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Mikel fights alone

…As Mata chickens out of racism row

By Onyewuchi Nwachukwu

The racism row between Mikel Obi and referee, Mark Clattenburg, has taken a more controversial dimension following revelation by his Chelsea teammate, Juan Mata that he did not hear the referee saying anything during Chelsea’s 3-2 home loss to Manchester United. The referee remains investigated for allegedly using ‘inappropriate’ language against Mikel in the most controversial match played in the Premier League this term.

The Blues originally issued two complaints against the match official, one for inappropriate comments made against the Nigerian midfielder and a second for something believed to have been said to the Spanish international, only for the latter to now back out. Mata has now admitted he did not hear Clattenburg mutter anything at all, but reminded people that the matter is being handled by the club and the English FA.

“I didn’t hear anything, but it’s an issue that Chelsea and even the FA are already investigating. I repeat that I didn’t hear anything though,” Mata told Spanish paper, AS. This new dimension might come as a cog in the wheel of the case being pursued by Chelsea, and it might have an adverse effect on Mikel in the long term.

The Football Association expects to complete its investigation into Chelsea’s claims that Clattenburg racially insulted Mikel in few days time. Chelsea players, including Mikel and Ramires, gave witness statements to Jenni Kennedy, head of governance at the FA last Monday. FA chiefs, who are under pressure to make a swift decision, could even make an announcement on potential charges soon.

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  1. damson November 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Name ur source! Whack journalism! No English paper carried ur news!

  2. Micheal November 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Check goal .com to confirm stupid reader.

  3. Wunuji November 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Damson, check b4 u start challenging journalists anyhow. Which English newspapers do u read anyway.

  4. Johm abraham November 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

    The ref is a controversial one. Önly him has given players 17yelow and 4 reds in officiating 7 matches. At d age of 37,he always folow d rule of d game 2 d letter wtout using his discretion when it matters. Some Whites always see blacks as gorrillas. We are behind Mikel 4 whatever happens.

  5. samson. November 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    pls mikel is nt fightn alone bt being a brave nigerian. I kn many of u might have aceptd it if u were 2 be mikel. It was ramires dt interpreted ‘monky’ for obi and mata must nt hear sth b4 it bcoms true. Please u quark journalists, i beg u to stop intimidating mikel bc dts hw u ppl kill nigeria by reporting news sentimentaly.

  6. Uchebest November 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Poor journalism.

  7. emmanuel November 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    english journalist always protect and promote their players,nigeria journalist kills our players.they have kill our football by reporting negative news thats why they dont move forward.u journalist are being stupid.we are behind mikel 100%.

  8. michealnwosu November 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm


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