Chelsea's handling of the complaint against Mark Clattenburg could prove a step backwards in the fight against racism in football, according to the national secretary of the referees' union Prospect.
Clattenburg was cleared this week of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during their 3-2 defeat against Manchester United last month. The Blues based their complaint on what Brazilian midfielder Ramires thought he heard, and the club have been criticised for making the allegation against Clattenburg public from an early stage.
Prospect boss Alan Leighton told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "We think this is the wrong way to go about combating racism, and in fact what Chelsea have done could put people off making legitimate claims when they have been subjected to racial abuse."
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