Graham Poll claims Mark Clattenburg is ‘angry and confused’ by Chelsea’s complaint he used ‘inappropriate language’ during the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.
Clattenburg is reportedly set to formally deny allegations he called John Obi-Mikel a ‘monkey’ and Juan Mata a ‘Spanish t**t’ during the Premier League fixture last Sunday.
And former match official Poll claims the 37-year-old whistler is adamant he’s innocent.
“I know he’s feeling angry because he doesn’t feel he’s done anything wrong,” Poll told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “He’s angry and confused.
“He’s angry because he’s being accused of something he doesn’t feel he did, and confused because, in his mind, he’s done nothing wrong and yet ended up as the victim. That's the bit you look at and go 'why?' You think, 'what's going on?' And there's this media circus.
"People think the refs want to be the stars of the show, but they don't. They want to do a game, have nothing said about them and go home.
"Clattenburg was having a super game on Sunday, no-one was talking about him. He could have cautioned more, he could have sent [Fernando] Torres off just before half-time for a high tackle, but didn't. But no-one praised him for that.
"All that game is now remembered for are the accusations that have followed. And that leaves you feeling so angry, and cross, and confused.
“It’s a difficult position for him. I feel for him. I hope this whole situation gets cleared up as quickly as possible.
"If he did say what they’re accusing him of then he deserves punishing, but if he didn’t, then let’s get it resolved quickly and move on.”