The whole racial saga being created by Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi last month, is taking twists and turns every week. Last week, the accused referee Clattenburg was cleared by the disciplinary committee, and later, Chelsea itself has to regret about the whole issue. Moreover, Chelsea also extended Mikel’s contract for another five years, hence Reds tried their hard to equalize the matter by favoring both the parties in one way or other, but now, another controversy has begun wherein Mikel has been proven of having an intimidating confrontation with the referee and banned by English Football Association for three matches along with a £60,000 fine. Actually, when the incident took place last month, Mikel confronted with the referee in the dressing room where he was seen arguing with the Clattenburg about his alleged remark “shut up you monkey.” That controversy changed the life of an elite FIFA referee; perhaps he missed whole four weeks of premium league.
Since, that case has been concluded, including the parallel police investigation which was also initiated against him, Mikel’s retaliation by mean of using threatening words to referee in his dressing room; in from of many, has been taken as a serious offence; hence he got three matches’ suspension along with a fine. Since, player had accepted of using such words against referee in disciplinary hearing, there is no ‘other side’ of his offence. The ban will be forced with an immediate effect, so despite after signing a new five year contract, Nigerian international will not be available for Saturday's trip to Sunderland, However, good news is; he can be a part of Chelsea’s squad for Club World Cup which is being started next week in Japan.
His unavailability is not good news for Rafael Benitez, coz he will have to find his replacement for January’s African Cup of Nations. Anyways, at the moment, all eyes are on the player’s newly imposed ban which is informed by the FA via a statement that reads as, “Chelsea's John Obi Mikel has been given a three-match suspension to begin with immediate effect and fined £60,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.
“The Regulatory Commission's independent chairman Christopher Quinlan QC emphasised that the Independent Regulatory Commission accepted, as did The FA, that at the time he threatened the referee the player genuinely believed that the referee had racially abused him.
“But for that factor the suspension would have been significantly longer. Subsequently The FA investigated the allegation that the referee racially abused the player and found that there was not a case for him to answer.”