Mark Clattenburg has been stood down from refereeing for a week after the Football Association launched an investigation into allegations he used "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea stars John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.
Clattenburg was accused by the European champions of making offensive comments, which are understood to have been interpreted as racist, during their Barclays Premier League defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea lodged a formal complaint with the match delegate, sparking an almost inevitable chain of events that saw the FA announce an investigation and Professional Game Match Officials withdraw Clattenburg from the firing line.
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