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The top-flight referee will miss another round of matches as he helps the police with their inquiries regarding "inappropriate language" allegedly directed at two Chelsea players

Match official Mark Clattenburg will miss a second week of Premier League matches while the Football Association investigates claims that he directed "inappropriate language", thought to be of a racist nature, towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The Professional Game Match Officials board announced a decision to stand Clattenburg down from refereeing duties last weekend, as they felt that any part he played in a match would detract from the sport itself.

Referees' chief Mike Riley today announced that the 37-year-old is to be absent from the referees' list again and also confirmed that he will be interviewed by police.

"PGMOL was fully prepared to appoint Mark to matches this weekend," he said.

"However, having discussed this with him, we both consider that it is in Mark’s best interests that he has this week away from officiating duties while he prepares to help The FA and police with their enquiries."

The allegations were made by Chelsea after their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in the Premier League, an intense encounter in which the referee sent off two of the Blues' players.

The club submitted an official complaint to the FA stating that Clattenburg had used inappropriate language towards Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel.

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