A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
The Metropolitan Police have begun an investigation into the comments Mark Clattenburg is alleged to have made during Sunday’s match against Manchester United. The FA’s investigation is set to continue at the same time.
Clattenburg has received support from an unlikely source as Neil Warnock waded into the row with Chelsea over the alleged racist comments made by the referee. The Leeds manager said:
"You know my relationship with referees but I have got to say I am disgusted with what’s gone on. I’m on Mark Clattenburg’s side.”
Further details have come out about the comments Clattenburg is alleged to have said, but although Juan Mata is one of the two players who are said to have been abused, Oriol Romeu has said that Mata didn’t hear the comments. The Spanish youngster said Torres and Mata were both unaware of the abuse, and were told by another Chelsea player about it.
The PFA chief Gordon Taylor has also commented on the case today, saying that he hopes it will be brought to a speedy resolution. After the John Terry case was dragged out, Taylor wants a quick and clear process this time:
"I'm quite concerned that when this happened with the John Terry and Anton Ferdinand incident, the process got elongated. This time, I want football to learn from it and deal with it as transparently as possible.”
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to lock horns again on Wednesday, but Alex Ferguson has revealed that United will field a completely different side for the League Cup. The team for tomorrow will be similar to that which faced Newcastle in the previous round, where players like Michael Keane and Scott Wootton were given starts.
For Chelsea there are five players absent with John Terry, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic suspended, and Ashely Cole and Frank Lampard injured. Lucas Piazon, Cesar Azpilicueta and Daniel Sturridge could all be in line for starts.
Falcao has once again been questioned about his potential transfer from Athletico Madrid, and once again he has been coy over leaving saying:
"I am not thinking about leaving at the moment. I never think about it. That idea is not in my head but we will see what happens in the future."
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are all reportedly interested in the free-scoring Colombian. The striker has also suggested the future is out of his hands as Athletico may need to sell him to balance their finances especially if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.
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