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Police end ref race probe

AN ENGLISH Football Association investigation is the only one referee Mark Clattenburg is now facing after police last night dropped an inquiry into his alleged use of racist language towards Mikel John Obi.

Scotland Yard had launched an investigation into alleged comments made during the match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

The FA started their own, separate investigation which has still to be concluded.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "Inquiries were made and no victims have come forward.

"The matter will remain as a recorded incident. Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.

"If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention, then further inquiries will, if appropriate, be made."

The 37-year-old referee returned to training with the top-flight Select Group of referees last weekend for the first time since Chelsea's complaint to the FA.