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Chelsea lodge Clattenburg complaint

Controversial referee accused of using “inappropriate language.”

Chelsea's Fernando Torres is shown the red card and sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg on Sunday.
Chelsea's Fernando Torres is shown the red card and sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg on Sunday.
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CHELSEA HAVE LODGED an official complaint over alleged comments from referee Mark Clattenburg during their 3-2 loss to Manchester United.

The Blues are accusing the 37-year-old referee of using ‘inappropriate language’ towards two of their players.

“We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today’s match,” a club spokesman announced after the game.

“The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association.

“We will make no further comment at this time.”

Clattenburg sent off two Chelsea players, Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, during the match at Stamford Bridge, with home manager Roberto Di Matteo laying the blame for their loss at his feet.

The Serbian defender was dismissed for a professional foul on Ashley Young before Torres received a second yellow card for what the official interpreted as a dive under the challenge of Jonny Evans.

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