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Football Association chairman David Bernstein wants to look at recording referees

Mark Clattenburg: Accused by Chelsea

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Football Association chairman David Bernstein is eager to look at the possibility of recording conversations between referees and players during matches in the wake of the Mark Clattenburg controversy.

Clattenburg has been accused of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea's John Obi Mikel during the match against Manchester United, something the official is understood to strenuously deny.

Currently, a referee, his assistants and the fourth official can hear each other via a microphone link-up but what is said is not recorded.

Bernstein would not comment specifically on the Clattenburg case, but he said: "The referee is miked up with the assistant referees and the fourth official so they are all aware of the comments and the dialogue that takes place, but it's not recorded.

"In order for that to happen, the referees' organisation - the Professional Game Match Officials Board - which is controlled by the FA, Premier League and Football League, would have to recommend that way forward.

"Then it would need to go before FIFA or IFAB (the rule-making body of FIFA) to be approved.

"The process would be quite long and meticulous. One of the great things about IFAB is that it doesn't jump to make changes too quickly.

"But given what's happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at."