Pardew: I hope Saints fans cheer Clattenburg

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes Saints fans will welcome referee Mark Clattenburg back into the fold when he takes charge of their home game against Norwich next Wednesday.

The 37-year-old has not officiated a match since being accused by Chelsea of making a racist remark towards midfielder John Obi Mikel in last month's game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg was this week cleared of any alleged wrongdoing by the Football Association, who said he had no case to answer.

His first game back will be at St Mary's next week, and Pardew hopes he will be given a warm reception.

He said: "It was an allegation that has been proven not to be true, and therefore we should all support Mark.

"I have just heard his first game is actually at Southampton, I believe, on Wednesday and I hope the Southampton fans cheer his name.

"It's time for the football community to back people when they are found not guilty, which he has been, and give him some support, which I do today and I hope fans do up and down the country."

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3:26pm Fri 23 Nov 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

We will be cheering the saints goals as they go in.SOUTHAMPTON 3 TOON 0
We will be cheering the saints goals as they go in.SOUTHAMPTON 3 TOON 0 CB FRY LIVES

3:40pm Fri 23 Nov 12

redduke says...

Well I don't know about cheering him, but I hope Saints fans give him some support after the appalling way the FA and Chelsea have treated one of the best refs we have.
Well I don't know about cheering him, but I hope Saints fans give him some support after the appalling way the FA and Chelsea have treated one of the best refs we have. redduke

4:05pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Dickosfc says...

redduke wrote:
Well I don't know about cheering him, but I hope Saints fans give him some support after the appalling way the FA and Chelsea have treated one of the best refs we have.
agree!!
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SSSSHHHHH
[quote][p][bold]redduke[/bold] wrote: Well I don't know about cheering him, but I hope Saints fans give him some support after the appalling way the FA and Chelsea have treated one of the best refs we have.[/p][/quote]agree!! . SSSSHHHHH Dickosfc

5:13pm Fri 23 Nov 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

If he drops a few clangers in our favour, I will be the first to applaud him. Sadly we don't get many homers at St. Marys!
If he drops a few clangers in our favour, I will be the first to applaud him. Sadly we don't get many homers at St. Marys! OSPREYSAINT

5:14am Sat 24 Nov 12

batesieboy says...

Ain't that a fact.
Ain't that a fact. batesieboy

11:47am Sun 25 Nov 12

7saint7 says...

I agree with Pardew . The man been wronged in the worst way ..
Obi Mikel needs to get a life ..
I agree with Pardew . The man been wronged in the worst way .. Obi Mikel needs to get a life .. 7saint7

2:14pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Jesus_02 says...

I cant see anyone treating him any differently to any other Ref: I imagine that that is what he would expect
I cant see anyone treating him any differently to any other Ref: I imagine that that is what he would expect Jesus_02

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