Clattenburg omitted again from EPL matches

Updated 06 November 2012
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Clattenburg omitted again from EPL matches

LONDON: The Premier League referee embroiled in English football’s latest racism feud has been omitted from officiating duties for the second straight weekend.
Mark Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using “inappropriate language” toward midfielder John Obi Mikel in a league match against Manchester United on Oct. 28. The matter is being investigated by the police and The Football Association.
Clattenburg was stood down last weekend because of intense level of scrutiny in the wake of the allegations but the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the organization that looks after topflight English referees, had been prepared to return him to the match list for upcoming games.
“However, having discussed this with him, we both consider that it is in Mark’s best interests that he has this week away from officiating duties while he prepares to help The FA and police with their enquiries,” said Mike Riley, general manager of the PGMOL.
The referees body has stressed that Clattenburg has not been suspended, following allegations that he used the word “monkey” to Mikel during Chelsea’s heated 3-2 loss to United at Stamford Bridge. In that match, Clattenburg sent off two Chelsea players and allowed what proved to be the winning goal by Javier Hernandez despite the striker appearing to be in an offside position.
Chelsea sent a file of evidence on Wednesday to the FA, including statements from players and staff members who they claim witnessed Mikel being abused by Clattenburg, who is one of the FIFA candidates to referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, managers of Manchester United and Arsenal, are among those to have come out in support of Clattenburg.
“PGMOL has one of the world’s finest refereeing groups, they are focused on delivering high officiating standards to the Barclays Premier League and the overall morale of the group remains high,” Riley said. “The relationship between players, managers and match officials has improved both on and off pitch over the last four seasons and there is every reason to think this will continue.”


Saudi Arabia leave it late to salvage draw with Iraq in Riyadh

Updated 15 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia leave it late to salvage draw with Iraq in Riyadh

  • Abdulaziz Al-Bishi scored in the 94th minute
  • Pizzi rang the changes in the second half, making six subsitutions in total

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia left it late to salvage a draw in their match against Iraq on Monday night, with Abdulaziz Al-Bishi scoring in the 94th minute.
The fixture at the King Saud University Stadium pitted Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Green Falcons against an Asian Cup rival in Iraq, galvanized by the arrival of Slovenian coach Srencko Katanec.
The first half was a cagey affair, with both sides canceling each other out, and Musthafa Nadhim receiving a yellow card just before halftime.
Pizzi rang the changes in the second half, making six subsitutions in total, three coming after Iraq’s opener. Muhannad Ali put the visitors in front with twenty minutes remaining.
Saudi Arabia kept pressing, and were rewarded in the dying minutes when Al-Bishi scored with almost the last kick of the game.