EPL: Ferguson convinced of Clattenburg's innocence

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says he doesn't believe referee Mark Clattenburg would have directed a racial insult at Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel when the teams played last weekend.

Clattenburg's alleged use of "inappropriate language" during United's 3-2 win at Chelsea is being investigated by the police and the English Football Association.

 EPL: Ferguson convinced of Clattenburgs innocence

Ferguson backs Clattenburg. Getty Images

Ferguson says he doesn't believe "Clattenburg would make any comments like that. I refuse to believe it ... there is no way a referee would stoop to that, I am convinced of that."

In a match full of controversy, Clattenburg was blamed of wrongly sending off Fernando Torres for a second yellow card after he thought the striker had dived. Replays later showed that there was a bit of contact when Jonny Evans tackled the Spaniard.

Chelsea's ire against the officials increased when Javier Hernandez's winning goal was allowed to stand despite the Mexican forward being offside.

Chelsea faced Manchester United twice in the space of three days when they welcomed the Red Devils in a League Cup encounter. The Stamford Bridge outfit emerged 5-4 winners in a thrilling match.

With inputs from AP

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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2012 16:48:04 IST