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Caught between Devils and Blues

sports Updated: Oct 30, 2012 23:21 IST
Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has wished referee Lee Mason "good luck" in Wednesday's League Cup tie between Manchester United and Chelsea, just three days after their fiery Stamford Bridge clash ended in controversy.

Chelsea have accused referee Mark Clattenburg of using “inappropriate language” towards their players during their 3-2 defeat, prompting the FA to launch an investigation. The Metropolitan Police are also looking at how a steward was injured as United celebrated Javier Hernandez’s controversial 75th-minute winner. “Good luck to the referee," said Ferguson when asked if he had a message for Mason.

All eyes will be on the man with the whistle after Clattenburg dismissed Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres on Sunday before allowing Hernandez's goal to stand despite the United striker appearing to be offside.

Probe into Chelsea’s racism claims
london: Scotland Yard said they were looking into the allegations of racism against Mark Clattenburg, who refereed Sunday's clash at Stamford Bridge in west London. Visitors United won 3-2, with Chelsea having two players sent off.
Officers from the local borough were in touch with Chelsea and the FA, said a statement, adding that neither party had made a complaint. Scotland Yard said they were working with the Blues and the FA “in order to consider any allegation that is made in relation to the reported events”.

Blackburn eye Redknapp, Maradona
london: Blackburn Rovers are eyeing Harry Redknapp and Diego Maradona to take over from Steve Kean in the manager's chair, after he quit his post last month, a number of British newspapers claimed on Tuesday.

Redknapp, 65, has most frequently been linked to the vacant position at Ewood Park and was said to be meeting officials.

Maradona, though, has also been evoked as a possible successor to Kean, after his departure from UAE club Al Wasl.

Blackburn's recruitment chief Shebby Singh is said to favour Maradona; executive director Derek Shaw, Redknapp. An anno-uncement is expected this week.

Kean was appointed after Blackburn was taken over by Indian poultry giant Venky's and sacked popular manager Sam Allardyce, outraging fans. Kean resigned in September, describing his position as “untenable”.