The Metropolitan Police have dropped their investigation in allegations of racism made against referee Mark Clattenburg after no victim came forward.
Scotland Yard had pursued the case after a complaint was made to the police by the Society of Black Lawyers that Clattenburg had allegedly directed the term ‘monkey’ at John Obi Mikel during Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Manchester United on 28 October. However in a statement they revealed that they were ending their inquiries into the incident.
“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 Football Association said that the decision of the police not to continue with their inquiry will have no impact on the ongoing FA proceedings which they expect to conclude later this week.
The Met had interviewed both Clattenburg and Mikel during the course of their investigations. Clattenburg hasn’t refereed a match since the controversy erupted, a decision he took jointly with the head of referees Mike Reilly. The 37 year old has returned to training with the Select Group of referees this week but will not take charge of any of this weekend’s Premier League games.