Mark Clattenburg should not ref Chelsea again this season, says Sam Allardyce
Mark Clattenburg should not referee Chelsea again for the foreseeable future, says Sam Allardyce.
Last Updated: 23/11/12 9:18pm
This week the FA announced they would take no disciplinary action against referee Clattenburg, who had been accused of using inappropriate language towards Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in their Premier League game with Manchester United in October.
Clattenburg hasn't refereed since the incident but is now set to return in midweek. However, West Ham boss Allardyce says it would be wrong for Clattenburg to be appointed to a Chelsea game again this season.
"For [referee chief] Mike Riley to post him on a Chelsea match would be ridiculous," said Allardyce.
"Certainly [he shouldn't referee a Chelsea game] this season and then see how things go. It would create such a media stir. The game would be more about how he'd refereed and if he was biased against Chelsea. We should avoid that nonsense and get back to football.
"Now this has been dealt with I think it would be wrong for him to be appointed to a Chelsea match in the near future.
"The league has started magnificently again in terms of entertainment value and we want to continue that. It's time to move on.
"Mark has had the media posted outside his house, there have been intrusions into his private life and they will have a scarred effect on him.
"I hope he can come through it, be stronger with it and continue to referee as he's done for many years now. We're really short of professional referees of Mark's standard."
Despite the case, Allardyce insists the relationship between football clubs and referees is healthier than ever.
"I think respect for refs has been fantastic over the last few years," he said.
"Referees have started to come into football clubs and talk to us and they are going to start to train with us shortly. I think that's important. I use to have Mark Halsey train with me a huge amount of times at Bolton and I always thought it helped us and helped him.
"I just hope [this case] doesn't harm that too much."