Chelsea lodge formal complaint against Clattenburg while Ferguson blames Nani for Stamford Bridge defeat. Meanwhile, Arsenal look to sort out Walcott’s contract by Christmas. THT takes a look at the latest news.
Chelsea make formal complaint against Clattenburg
Post the controversial Premier League encounter with Manchester United, Chelsea have conducted their own internal investigation which led to the dropping of charges on Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg regarding the usage of offensive language towards a Chelsea first team player believed to be Juan Mata. The reason given for the same was insufficient evidence. Chelsea however remain convinced regarding the use of inappropriate language used towards John Obi Mikel and have lodged a formal complaint to the FA.
“Following Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United, club board members were quickly made aware, upon entering the home dressing room after the final whistle, that there were allegations of inappropriate language directed at Chelsea FC players by Mr Clattenburg during the game.
Board members began establishing the details of the allegations, speaking to all relevant players and staff. After those initial interviews, it was clear that the matter had to be reported. The correct protocol for doing so was to report the incidents to the match delegate, and the club took immediate steps to inform him as soon as he was available. It was not a decision the club took lightly.
Since reporting the matter to the delegate, the club and outside legal counsel have conducted further investigations.Having completed that process, we have now followed the correct protocol and lodged a formal complaint with The FA regarding John Mikel Obi.
There was not sufficient evidence to support a second claim to the FA with regard to the alleged verbal abuse of another first-team player.”
The complaint caps of a highly tumultuous week in the Premier League. The FA will now proceed with their own investigation alongside a parallel investigation conducted by the police. Clattenburg is believed to be “angry and confused” over the incident. Time will tell whether the allegations against him hold water in court.
Arsenal looking to sort out Walcott contract by Christmas
Arsene Wenger is hopeful that he can get forward Theo Walcott to sign a new contract with Arsenal by Christmas. The Englishman put in a stunning performance in the 7-5 win against Reading and scored a hat-trick of goals. Theo Walcott is out of contract at the end of next summer and many clubs are interested in his signature. Arsenal are hopeful that they can sort out his contract situation one way or another.
The pacey forward has been limited to a bit-part role this season after contract talks stalled over wage demands. However, with Gervinho out for three weeks now, the Englishman is likely to get more playing time. Arsene Wenger commented on Walcott’s contract situation.
“There is urgency. I want it resolved by Christmas. At the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him.
I always said it is important that he plays in the right position and that certainly would be through the middle in the future, he showed that again on Tuesday night. He loves to score goals, Theo. He has good pace, makes excellent, intelligent runs, and what has changed with Theo is he’s become a very good finisher.”
Should contract talks stall again, Arsenal will be looking to cash in on the player rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer. The next couple of months are certainly set to be very interesting as this contract saga unfolds.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex blames Nani for Stamford Bridge defeat
Following the Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lashed out against Portuguese winger Nani blaming him for his side’s defeat against The Blues.
The Red Revils surrendered their initial lead and eventually lost after extra time. Nani came in for a lot of criticism from his manager after he gave away the ball cheaply which led to Chelsea’s third goal on the counter attack.
“We gave the ball away for the third goal having been in complete control of the match at that point. All we needed to do was see the game out with good possession. Nani is experienced but he’s a player who wants to beat men and I often discourage him from that.
In that situation, if we’d kept the ball at the corner flag, the game’s over. We had a lot of attacks and nothing came of them, and their counter-attack was very good, but if you’re winning 3-2 in the final seconds of the game then you should see it out. We’ve only got ourselves to blame really.”
Nani is widely believed to be on his way out from Old Trafford and the manager’s comments will only fuel further speculation as to the Portuguese international’s future at the club. Ferguson is notorious for quickly showing the door to players who fall out of his favour and this seems to be one more example.