Date: 4th January 2014 at 11:41am
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One season one controversy…

Well, this will no doubt be my shortest bit yet, as some can attest.

So, whilst it’s no longer news that controversial referee Mark Clattenburg is engulfed in another player assault row having been accused by Southampton of allegedly “insulting” [verbally assaulting] their forward and England international Adam Lallana, does this perchance lend credence to the allegation that he “racially assaulted” Chelsea’s Obi Mikel just a season ago?

Whereas The FA and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited(PGMOL) say the official “has no case to answer”, I just thought I might ask to get your own opinion(s) on this latest dismal spat; especially as Southampton now say:

“Under the circumstances we do not feel it appropriate for Mr Clattenburg to officiate in any of our matches until this matter is properly resolved.”

Do you think Southampton should do a Chelsea, forgive Clattenburg and let this row just ride for the sake of peace and honour for our prestigious league?

Or you reckon this episode, in this age of CCTV and when GCHQ routinely spies on us…and goal-line technology and so on, brings to the fore the need to record and publish what footballers say to referees, and vice versa?