Ferguson says he doesn't think ref insulted Mikel


LONDON (AP) -Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says he doesn't believe referee Mark Clattenburg would have directed a racial insult at Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel when the teams played last weekend.

Clattenburg's alleged use of "inappropriate language" during United's 3-2 win at Chelsea is being investigated by the police and the English Football Association.

Ferguson says he doesn't believe "Clattenburg would make any comments like that. I refuse to believe it ... there is no way a referee would stoop to that, I am convinced of that."

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