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The Nigerian midfielder is ready to move on after the racist abuse confrontation with a referee that earned him a three-match ban

With Chelsea in Japan vying to win the Fifa World Club Cup, Nigerian midfielder, Mikel Obi has said he will be ready to play any match refereed by Mark Clattenburg in the English Premier League (EPL).

Obi is currently serving a three-match ban in the English Premier League for angrily confronting Clattenburg in the referees’ room at Stamford Bridge in October after a duel with Manchester United. Obi had been told by Ramires that he had been racially abused by the referee.

The accusations were dismissed by the FA and the Nigerian was fined £60, 000 and banned for three games – for which he starting serving by missing Chelsea’s trip to Sunderland last weekend.

“Everything is put to bed and we move on,” Obi told the Daily Mail in Japan..

“If he refereed a game there would certainly be no problem. I think now it is done I am glad it is over.

“I am sure he is glad it is over as well, and the FA is glad it is all put to bed. We can move on from here."

On the recent upsurge in raism in the game, Obi said: "It has been there for years. Hopefully everyone will work together – the players and the FA, to make sure we try to stop things like that,” he added.

Obi will miss the encounter against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup, where Chelsea will be hoping to make the semi-final. He will also miss the home game against Aston Villa on December 23.

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