LONDON — Chelsea went public for the first time Tuesday with detailed racial abuse allegations against a referee, insisting there was no misunderstanding and that its players heard Mark Clattenburg use the word “monkey” during a Premier League match.
Chairman Bruce Buck opted to end Chelsea’s public silence on the claims that raises new concerns about football’s fight against racism despite ongoing investigations by the English Football Association and police into the events during last month’s match against Manchester United.
The European champions have been criticized for lodging a complaint with the FA while still backing captain John Terry, who has just served a four-match ban for racially abusing an opponent.
But Buck said in an interview with the London Evening Standard that Chelsea had a duty to report the allegations after black midfielders John Obi Mikel and Ramires said they heard the offending word.
“Suppose we had tried to…
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