The former referee revealed how the London club accused him of racism when dealing with the Blues vs. Red Devils confrontation a few years ago
Former referee Mark Kratenberg revealed how the John Obi Mickel and Juan Mata incident nearly cost him his career in 2012.
In October 2012, the British official was responsible for Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat of Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
In the grumpy encounter, Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were given marching orders.
After the Blues claimed that Kratenberg used racist language against African star Mikel and Spain’s Mata, the Football Association investigated Kratenberg, but soon the referee did not conduct any wrongdoing.
In his autobiography “The Whistleblower”, Daily mail, The 46-year-old wrote that this controversial incident almost cost him his job.
“I knew I would expect long talks from Chelsea supporters, but I didn’t blame myself for my performance. It was then that I heard a commotion outside the locker room,” Kratenberg wrote.
“Before I walked to the door, the door suddenly opened, and it was a bit hard. John Obi Mikel rushed in and I could see the anger in his eyes. Chelsea coach Roberto Dima Special Olympics and coach Eddie Newton are stopping him.
“Mickel is out of control; he wants to find me. “I’m going to break your leg! He shouted. “He is rocking for me.”
“I must make it clear here-this is very important-on this point, neither Mikel nor Di Matteo mentioned racism to me. No one has made any accusations of this nature.”
“I left Stamford Bridge in a passenger car, and when we left West London for Heathrow Airport, there was a social media notification on my phone screen that read:’Breaking news: Chelsea accused referee Mark Kratenberg of racism Comment’,” he continued.
“In the early hours of the game Sunday, I realized the power of football clubs and their control of the media. It was terrible. This is the European champion vs. the referee-who would you believe?
“I’m stuck. This may ruin my career. It may ruin my life. Fear is worse than jail. I am called a racist.
“That’s a real life sentence. You won’t come back from that place. You are guilty before being proven innocent. This is the British way.”
Although the FA investigated Chelsea’s complaint, Kratenberg missed four weekends of Premier League games.
However, he was quickly banned from Mikel for three games by the FA and fined £60,000 for threatening the referee.