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Southampton may appeal referee Mark Clattenburg's outburst

Southampton have refused to accept the refereeing chiefs' decision to rule out action against Mark Clattenburg after he was accused of verbally abusing midfielder Adam Lallana.

Saints are considering an appeal to the Football Association over the ruling by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) that Clattenburg has no case to answer for his conduct in the 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat to Everton last Sunday.

Southampton wrote to the referees' governing body on New Year's Eve to formalise their complaint against Clattenburg. But after a review the PGMOL has ruled there is no case to answer.

Southampton claim Clattenburg told Lallana: "You are very different now, since you've played for England – you never used to be like this."

Now Southampton have pledged not to let the matter lie.

A club spokesman said: "An official insulting any player, no matter his intentions, is clearly not acceptable behaviour. For this reason we do not accept the verdict of the PGMOL in relation to this case and do not consider the matter to be over.

"Under the circumstances we do not feel it appropriate for Mr Clattenburg to officiate in any of our matches until this matter is properly resolved."

The PGMOL confirmed Clattenburg will take charge of today's FA Cup north London derby clash between Arsenal and Tottenham.

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