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Wenger and Allardyce saddened by legal game

PREMIER LEAGUE managers Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce have voiced dismay that the law is again involved in football due to the Mark Clattenburg affair.

Clattenburg is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police as well as the Football Association after Chelsea complained the referee had used "inappropriate language" to their player John Obi Mikel.

The Blues have submitted a dossier of evidence to the FA containing accounts from players, who allege Clattenburg used a term which has been interpreted as racist during last week's stormy clash with Manchester United. Clattenburg maintains his innocence.

The affair has dominated headlines this week but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his club would have dealt with the matter differently.

The Frenchman said: "My opinion is just that I prefer when I didn't behave well, that I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game, or on another day, than going public with little proof.

"I'm not a great believer in making these stories public."

He added: "I am a deep supporter of doing that internally. If football becomes a sport to make the lawyers rich, I am not a fan of it."


West Ham boss Allardyce has struggled to comprehend how the event has unfolded throughout the week.

He said: "I just think a situation like that is very difficult for everybody to sort out, and then the police are involved as well and it really worries me about where we are going in the game.

"I think if every incident is going to end up in the police's hands then it is going to be sad for the game of football.

"Over the last however many years as a manager I've never heard one referee give a bad comment to a player, so I found it a very strange thing that has been reported, but only the authorities can decide if it has or hasn't happened."

The alleged incident overshadowed a dramatic game at Stamford Bridge which United won 3-2.

Chelsea exacted revenge with a 5-4 victory when the sides met again at the same venue in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday.

Clattenburg is expected to receive the full backing of his fellow officials during any investigations.