Chelsea last night sensationally accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially abusing two of their players.
The European Champions made the incredible claim in the wake of their explosive 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.
Clattenburg is alleged to have verbally abused Blues midfielder Jon Obi Mikel and called another star a “Spanish t***”.
It came after Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players and allowed an offside winning goal from Javier Hernandez to stand.
A Chelsea spokesman said last night: “We have lodged to the Premier League match delegate regarding inappropriate language used by the referee towards two of our players in two separate incidents in today’s game.
“The match delegate will pass the complaints to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time.”
Mikel is understood to have stormed to Clattenburg’s dressing room after the match hurling expletives at the County Durham official. It is unclear whether the two incidents are connected.
Clattenburg is alleged to have made the remarks during the match. The players in turn are understood to have made their allegations to Chelsea officials in their dressing room after the final whistle.
A steward hurt in yesterday’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester United may have been hit by fans throwing coins.
Chelsea have launched an inquiry into claims that its supporters hurled abuse.
They appeared to throw things at United players celebrating the winning goal in the 3-2 victory.
The steward, who was later taken to hospital, fell to the ground as fans reacted angrily to the away team’s jubilation in front of them.
He needed 10 minutes of treatment from paramedics at the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge.
A Chelsea spokesman said later: “We are looking at reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a fall.”
But he added: “My information so far is that he slipped and fell, may have hurt his knee, and was being treated by the side of the pitch. He’s been taken to hospital.