"Everyone delighted with Clattenburg decision except Chelsea", claims Ferguson
Published 23/11/2012 | 10:52
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims everyone in the game "apart from Chelsea" is pleased referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared of racism allegations.
Clattenburg had been accused by Chelsea of making a racist remark to John Obi Mikel during a game with United at Stamford Bridge last month.
Chelsea are understood to be resisting calls for an unreserved apology to Clattenburg who has not officiated since the allegation was made.
The Football Association yesterday announced it was taking no action and Ferguson, who spoke up for Clattenburg in the immediate aftermath of the allegation, has reiterated his belief that the official was not guilty of the charge.
"I did not believe it anyway," Ferguson said.
"The unfortunate thing for Mark is that he has had to carry that stain for the last few weeks.
"Everyone in the game is pleased for him now - apart from Chelsea.