Bernstein hits back at claims FA are 'institutionally racist'

The chairman of the English football governing body has denied suggestions of a "cover-up" and described recent criticism as "ill-informed and unhelpful" to the cause
FA chairman David Bernstein has slammed suggestions from the Society of Black Lawyers [SBL] that the English football governing body is "institutionally racist".

The SBL have criticised both Chelsea and the FA for not reporting findings regarding alleged racial slurs made by referee Mark Clattenburg towards Jon Obi Mikel.

And, after a police investigation was dropped "because no victims had come forward", the society's chief, Peter Herbert, told the BBC that a "cover-up" was apparent.

However, the FA have reiterated their own commitment to combating racism in football and claimed that such attacks from the SBL are damaging to the larger fight against the issue.

Bernstein told reporters: "These ill-informed and unhelpful remarks are at odds with the progressive and responsible approach being followed by the game with the support of Government to deal with these serious issues."

Chelsea have indicated that they informed the FA as they believed them to be the appropriate body to deal with the case.

Their decision on whether to charge Clattenburg, who has been suspended from refereeing during the ongoing investigation, is expected this week.