Former referee Graham Poll believes the only way Mark Clattenburg could emerge from the current controversy around him "untarnished" would be if Chelsea were to say that their accusation that he used "inappropriate language" towards John Obi Mikel was mistaken.

Chelsea have filed a formal complaint to the Football Association over a remark they claim Clattenburg made to Mikel during last Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United which it is understood Chelsea interpreted to have been racist in nature. Clattenburg is understood to strenuously deny any wrongdoing and his fellow matchday officials are expected to back him.

"The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and then he could come out untarnished," Poll told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

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