London Police Drop Probe of Alleged Comments by Soccer Referee

London police have dropped an investigation into alleged comments by soccer referee Mark Clattenburg during the Chelsea-Manchester United match last month.

Metropolitan Police opened the probe Oct. 30 following a complaint by the Society of Black Lawyers, which called for an inquiry into whether a criminal offense had been committed.

The police said in a statement today that inquiries into the incident were made and no victims had come forward.

“Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offense has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated,” a statement on the police website read. “If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention then further inquiries will, if appropriate, be made.”

English soccer’s ruling body is also looking into Chelsea’s allegation that Clattenburg, 37, made “inappropriate” comments toward Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel during the Blues’ 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 28. Clattenburg hasn’t officiated since the incident and has denied using inappropriate language.

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