Chelsea criticized over approach to Mark Clattenburg allegations

The Society of Black Lawyers has condemned the Blues' decision not to report their allegations to the police, suggesting football's fight against racism is ineffective.
The Chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, Peter Herbert, has criticized Chelsea for not forwarding its allegations against Mark Clattenburg to the police.

The west London club lodged an official complaint to the FA following its 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in October, claiming Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards midfielder John Obi Mikel.

However, neither the club nor player forwarded the allegations onto the police, who have subsequently dropped their investigation into the Premier League official, citing a lack of evidence as a primary reason.

And Herbert has condemned the club's approach and believes it is further proof of football's inability to effectively deal with racism.

He told Sky Sports: "What seems to have happened is that although Chelsea made a report to the FA they've decided, in their infinite wisdom, not to submit the same papers to police.

"It appears on the face of it to be another example of the football industry seeking to sweep racism under the carpet. If there is anything we can do to put pressure on the victims concerned to go forward to the police with this matter, then we'll do that.

"It highlights the fact that football cannot regulate itself and really, on this issue of race, always wants to take the path of least resistance. Given the publicity this engendered it's fair for all concerned, including the person who's alleged to have made the comment, that justice is seen to be done and it's not dealt with by the FA internally."

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