Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Veltins Arena

Last Game

Schalke 0 - 5 Chelsea

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Quick return for Clattenburg

Referees chief Mike Riley has revealed Mark Clattenburg will be officiating once again in the near future.

Last Updated: 23/11/12 at 06:02 Post Comment

Mark Clattenburg: Referee set for quick return to action

Mark Clattenburg: Referee set for quick return to action

The 37-year-old is not on the list for this weekend's Premier League matches but he is likely to be in the middle for one of the games next Tuesday and Wednesday after being cleared of making a racist remark to John Obi Mikel.

Riley, general manager of PGMOL, told Sky Sports News: "Throughout this process Mark has been a dedicated professional. He has maintained his training plan and attended the select group meetings.

"He has prepared himself for the minute to come back into refereeing. He is looking forward to coming back into action."

Riley also confirmed Clattenburg would be considered for a Chelsea fixture in the future.

"Of course we will (consider him)," said Riley. "If you look at the things that we value in our referees, the high standard of professionalism, the integrity they bring to every game and the impartiality they bring to every game, Mark has all those characteristics in abundance.

"There is no reason why he or any of my referees cannot referee any team in the Premier League."

Riley has also welcomed the decision to clear Clattenburg and revealed PGMOL will now record the referees' communication system.

He said: "It is PGMOL's considered view that Mark is completely exonerated of the allegation and he will return to active duty shortly without any stain on his character or reputation.

"The verbal and visual facts do not support any of the allegations made against him. They make it clear that Mark did not use any inappropriate language towards any Chelsea player.

"Regrettably, Mark has had to endure four weeks that have brought massive disruption to his professional and personal life through no fault of his own. We are all relieved that this is now behind him and that he can return to doing something that he loves.

"To reduce the risk of an episode of this nature being repeated PGMOL will introduce recording of the referees' communication system on a private basis."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

N

ow we've qualified again I can't wait for the slightly unlucky, plucky, encouraging defeat over two legs to Bayern in the last 16.

cheshire-gooner
Defensive focus pleases Wenger

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

Footer 365

Transfer news: Yannick Bolasie won't be leaving Crystal Palace, says Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has vowed winger Yannick Bolasie will not leave Crystal Palace during the January transfer window.

Franz Beckenbauer among FIFA names being investigated by Michael Garcia

Franz Beckenbauer and three FIFA executive committee members are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property