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Nov 13, 2012

Blues defend Clattenburg stance

Chelsea is not "hypocritical" for supporting skipper John Terry and at the same time lodging a complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said Tuesday.

"We have to divorce the John Terry situation from this," Buck said of the allegations that Clattenburg used inappropriate language interpreted as racist toward John Obi Mikel. "From our perspective, the latest situation was pretty straightforward. We have an obligation to report what may be misconduct. We did that, in good faith and not maliciously."

Buck says Chelsea had a "duty of care" for Terry even if he had done something wrong. Terry was dealt a four-match ban for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Buck also said the club would have been "crucified" if they had not reported the Clattenburg allegations to the FA.

A verdict is due by the end of the week on whether Clattenburg will face sanctions.

"Suppose we had tried to sweep this under the rug and said to the various players, 'Look, it's not a big deal and the press are going to be all over us, maybe you want to reconsider'. If that had leaked out, we would've really been crucified," Buck told the Evening Standard.

"I can't argue with the fact that, over the last 10 years, there have been a lot of public incidents in which Terry and Chelsea were involved. Chelsea are not run by John Terry. I don't know how I can prove it to you but it's not true. My club is run by Roman Abramovich."

Buck also said the complaint against Clattenburg was not sparked by anger over the referee's decision during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United. The official strenuously denies the allegations.

"We were guided by obligations that are imposed by the Football Association and also as an employer. FA rule E14 basically says a participant shall immediately report to the association any incident or matter which may be considered to be a misconduct," said Buck.

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