English FA open to recording referee conversations

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LONDON (AP) -The head of English football says he has an "open mind" about the possibility of recording conversations between referees and players in the wake of the latest racism allegation to blight the sport.

Police and The Football Association are investigating claims by Chelsea that Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" toward midfielder John Obi Mikel in a match against Manchester United.

Currently, officials communicate via a microphone link-up but conversations aren't recorded, unlike in rugby union in which spectators and TV viewers are able to hear what is said.

FA chairman David Bernstein told the BBC that FIFA and football rule-makers IFAB would need to approve any change but "given what's happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at."

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