The Daily Mail has released an article today saying that the FA will give their verdict on the Mark Clattenburg allegations tomorrow, and that they will not be pressing charges against the referee. The paper goes on to say that this will represent a significant blow to Chelsea’s reputation, after the incidents with captain John Terry and the fan accused of making a monkey gesture.
The FA verdict, whatever it is, will follow the Police’s decision not to press charges yesterday, a decision that the Society of Black Lawyers have blamed the FA and Chelsea themselves for. The Police dropped the investigation as no witnesses from the club came forward to make a complaint, and Peter Herbert of the Society has responded by saying:
“It would appear that there is a cosy little agreement between Chelsea FC and the FA not to report these matters to the Metropolitan Police but to have them dealt with solely by the FA.”
The head of the FA, David Bernstein branded the remarks from Herbert as “ill-informed” and “unhelpful”. The Chairman of the PFA, Clarke Carlisle, has also defended the actions of Chelsea and the FA in response to the criticism from the Society of Black Lawyers, saying:
“We have to have faith Chelsea have reported the incidents in good faith and that the FA will deal with it accordingly, and report it to the police if necessary."
In matters on the pitch, Di Matteo has said that Chelsea’s upcoming busy schedule will not be a problem. With the World Club Cup in December, Chelsea will be travelling to Japan halfway through the month, but their manager believes they have enough depth in the squad to cover the matches.
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has said that influential playmaker Willian will not be allowed to leave for anything less than his buy-out clause, which is set at £28.1 million. The coach also said that Chelsea paid £25 million for Oscar, and Willian is a player with more maturity and experience of top level football.
Finally, Branislav Ivanovic has tipped Marko Marin to be a hit at Stamford Bridge once he starts appearing in matches. The German international has yet to start a match for Chelsea since his summer move, but Ivanovic thinks he will settle in soon.
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