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Met Police drop Clattenburg investigation

FA Investigation will continue with results expected later this week.

The police investigation into Mark Clattenburg has been dropped.
The police investigation into Mark Clattenburg has been dropped.
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JUST HOURS AFTER it was announced that Mark Clattenburg would miss another weekend of Premier League matches, London’s Metropolitan Police have announced they are dropping their investigation into the referee.

A complaint had been made by the Society of Black Lawyers on the back of media reports but this evening the Met announced it had ceased its investigation.

It is understood that neither Mikel nor the club contacted the police on the back of the Society of Black Lawyers’ complaint and, in the absence of any evidence, the investigation is no longer active.

In a statement on Tuesday, the police said: ”An investigation was launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012,” the statement said.

“This follows on from a complaint received by the Metropolitan Police Service on 29 October.

“Enquires 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.”

The initial complaint had stemmed from allegations the 37-year-old official had used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist towards John Obi Mikel during the Premier League match against Manchester United on October 28.

Meanwhile, the English Football Association’s investigation will continue and results are expected later this week.

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