KEIR RADNEDGE in LONDON: Referees’ boss Mike Riley and union representative Alan Leighton are on record as regretting that Chelsea’s complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg was made public.

Their concern is that all the speculation – and grandstanding from certain uninvolved bystanders – placed unfair and undue pressure on the FIFA referee.

Chelsea had alleged that Clattenburg used racist language to John Obi Mikel; the FA dismissed the complaint as “erroneous” and charged Mikel over his own behaviour immediately after last month’s ¬†match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

This should all have been kept secret?


Have senior people in the game learned nothing about the importance of transparency?

Certainly it’s been a tough few weeks for Clattenburg. But he did not become a top-flight match official through being a shrinking violet.

The old saying “justice delayed is justice denied” might be properly amended to read: “Justice kept secret is justice in doubt.”

Football needs more transparency, in every possible sphere, not less.

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