England FA charge Mikel for misconduct

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi

Mikel, the complainant, is now charged for ‘misconduct’ by English FA

Nigeria and Chelsea midfilder John Obi Mikel may have gotten himself in trouble with the English FA after investigations into his claim of racial abuse in an exchange with referee Mark Clattenburg turned out false.

A statement from the FA on Thursday cleared Clattenburg of racism charges and charged Mikel for misconduct.

Mikel was charged for the heated exchanges which followed the Manchester United game, when a Chelsea delegation entered the referee’s changing room.

Mikel has been charged by the FA for an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to his side’s game against Manchester United on 28 October 2012.

“It is alleged that in or around the Match Officials changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour,” read an FA statement.

Mikel has until Friday November 30 to respond.

Speaking of his relief, Clattenburg told the London Telegraph: “To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening.

“Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.”

Clattenburg is now consulting his lawyers over the possibility of taking legal action against Chelsea.

Chelsea on their part have accepted the FA’s decision, adding in a statement: “Chelsea FC has a duty of care, as do all employers, to act responsibly when such allegations are reported by employees.”

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