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Mikel Obi almost made me quit refereeing

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Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has revealed that allegations made by former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, almost made him quit.

In 2012, Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing the Nigerian player.

This followed a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal.

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In his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, he wrote: “Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press.

“According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you monkey.’ The language disgusted me, it was damaging and fictitious.

“Twenty-five days after the game, the FA dismissed the case. I was not guilty, something I had known all along.”

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Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

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Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in his managerial career, as Roma were demolished 6-1 by minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

The Serie A came into the game looking to extend their 100% start in Group C.

However, Mourinho’s much-changed side were embarrassed on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion in Norway.

Erik Botheim and Patrick Berg put the hosts two goals up inside 20 minutes.

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Carles Perez pulled one back, but Roma imploded after the break.

Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken netted a brace, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike.

This is the first time a Mourinho side has conceded six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game managerial career.

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FIFA told to give Africa more than five World Cup slots

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South Africa head coach, Hugo Broos, has called on FIFA to consider giving Africa more than five slots, ahead of the 2022 World Cup finals.

There are only five spots available for African teams at next year’s World Cup in Qatar, while Europe for instance will take 13 of the 32 places.

Broos has led Bafana Bafana to three victories and one draw in their first four matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and they are currently top of the Group G standings.

Only the group winners will advance to the next round of qualifying, where the five teams which will represent Africa will be decided.

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“It is not fair, it is easier for good teams in Europe to qualify for the World Cup than [good teams] in Africa.

“In Africa, you have Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.

“You already have eight good teams there! I hope for 2026 this will change … it is a pity they have waited so long to do that because Africa deserves more teams,” Broos told The Citizen.

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Ronaldo saves Man Utd again, Chelsea thrash Malmo

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Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a late winner, as Manchester United came back from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Serie A side stunned Old Trafford as they raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral both scored as United failed to impose themselves in what was a must-win match at home.

However, after the break, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire pulled the Red Devils level, before Ronaldo rose highest to meet Luke Shaw’s cross.

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Jorginho scored twice from the penalty spot as Chelsea hammered Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona recorded their win of the season in Europe, with a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv, Bayern Munich thrashed Benfica 4-0 and Villareal beat Youngs 4-1.

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