Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Mark Clattenburg race row: FA probe referee report during Manchester United's fiery win at Chelsea

Mark Clattenburg race row: FA probe referee report during Manchester United's fiery win at Chelsea

By Dean Wilkins

The report for the fiery top-two clash between Manchester United and Chelsea will be handed to the FA today as the referee faces accusations of using racial slurs to insult at least two players.

The Blues announced their decision to lodge a formal complaint to the Premier League about Mark Clattenburg's 'inappropriate language' during their 3-2 defeat to United he allegedly referred to one player as a 'Spanish t**t'.

Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were both sent off during a high-tempered affair – Clattenburg confirmed that he would be co-operating fully with the investigation.

A spokesman for Chelsea said: "We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today's match.

"The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association.

"We will make no further comment at this time."

Ivanovic was given a straight red for denying Ashley Young a clear chance on goal while Torres picked up two questionable yellow cards – he was sent off for simulation following a challenge by Jonny Evans.

And the four officials – who all wear microphones and headphones to communicate with one another – will participate in any inquiries.

A spokesman for Professional Game Match Officials said: "PGMO is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

"Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established.

"No further comment will be made until this matter has been properly investigated."

The dramatic day at Stamford Bridge saw United take an uncharacteristically early 2-0 lead as Robin van Persie created one and scored one.

But the Champions League winners clawed their way back through goals from Juan Mata and Ramieres to tie the game eight minutes into the second half.

With Chelsea down to nine men, any hopes of continuing their unbeaten run were dwindling as Sir Alex Ferguson brought on Javier Hernandez to spur on United’s attack.

And with 15 minutes left on the clock, the Mexican striker tapped in a winner to sink Chelsea – he looked to be in an offside position when Rafael da Silva crossed in.

Hernandez’s celebrations sparked wild cheering among the visitors in front of Chelsea fans – the club are looking into allegations that the supporters threw missiles at the players while a steward lay injured on the floor.

The steward needed treatment from emergency staff after he slipped down the pitch and twisted his knee – he was taken to hospital for further treatment.

A club spokesman for Chelsea said: "We are looking at reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a fall.

"We are investigating all the incidents around that time.”

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