Former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has insisted he doesn’t must apologize to ex-Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, over a racism row that occurred in 2012.

Through the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Mikel Obi’s teammate on the time, Ramires, claimed he heard a racist slur aimed on the Nigerian from Clattenburg.

Ramires claimed he heard Clattenburg say “shut up you monkey”.

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The allegations noticed Clattenburg miss 4 weekends of Premier League fixtures, earlier than he was cleared by the Soccer Affiliation.

The police additionally dropped their very own inquiry.

Nevertheless, talking to The Athletic, Mikel Obi mentioned: “Within the warmth of the sport, gamers undergo feelings.

“Your colleague mentioned they heard one thing, however they could not have heard proper. Did he say it or not? I didn’t know.

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“But when your colleague comes as much as you, after all, you’re going to belief what they are saying, somebody you see and converse to day-after-day.

“So I can’t apologise for one thing that my colleague mentioned he (Clattenburg) did.”

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