Soccer referee cleared of racism allegations

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LONDON (AP) -- Referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel "shut up you monkey" during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United.

The FA says it has "concluded its investigation into alleged misconduct by Mark Clattenburg ... No disciplinary action will follow against Mr. Clattenburg."

The FA says in a statement that Mikel did not hear the comment.