Ferguson backs referee accused in Chelsea racism complaint

    Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has backed referee Mark Clattenburg following allegations made against him by Chelsea.

    Story highlights

    • Sir Alex Ferguson backs Mark Clattenburg over allegations of '"inappropriate language"
    • Police and FA have launched investigations into allegations
    • Roberto Di Matteo refuses to react to Ferguson's comments
    • Chelsea fan who allegedly racially abused Manchester United's Danny Welbeck named
    Alex Ferguson has defended the Premier League referee at the center of a racism row, saying Chelsea's allegations are "unthinkable."
    Ferguson, one of football's most venerated and decorated figures, insists he does not believe claims that Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel during Manchester United's 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
    While both the police and Football Association have launched an investigation into the alleged incident, Ferguson has stepped in to defend the match official, who has been stood down from duty pending the inquiries.
    "I don't believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comments like that. I refuse to believe it," Ferguson told reporters ahead of United's game against Arsenal on Saturday.
    "I think it is unthinkable in the modern climate. I just don't believe it -- simple as that. I've never had a player come to me in the last 15 years and say a referee swore in a game -- ever.
    "The way we see the game today rather than how it was 25 years ago, it has completely changed.