Premier League referee Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using ‘inappropriate language’ towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel during the match against Manchester United last weekend, something the official vehemently denies.
David Bernstein t told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “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 (world governing body) 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.”
Hackett, the former general manager of Premier League referees, believes it is now time for on-pitch conversations to be recorded, and would even be in favour of a system which relayed the audio to spectators.
He told The Observer: “The FA are members of IFAB, so could bring forward a proposal to permit the recording of the conversations between players and officials during a game.
“I would have no problem with fans having the ability to purchase a ‘Ref!Link’ to listen in to what the match officials are saying.
“I would like to see a referee-coach at the ground able to listen in to the team of officials.
“And given what has happened in the last few days and, with no knee-jerk reaction, I would like to conversations between the match officials for the full duration of the game recorded.”
Former referee Graham Poll believes the only way Mark Clattenburg could emerge from the current controversy around him “untarnished” would be if Chelsea were to say that their accusation that he used “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel was mistaken.
The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and then he could come out untarnished,” Poll told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.
“Even if the FA said ’case not proven’, it’s got to have a detrimental effect on his career.”
Former referee George Courtney believes that there is “absolutely” no way that Clattenburg did what he has been accused of.
“I don’t believe it for one moment, absolutely not,” Courtney told Sportsweek.
“I’ve known this guy for 20 years, I’ve watched him progress through to the Football League and the Premier League. He’s an excellent referee.
“There was a lot of pressure on Mark following the (Fernando) Torres sending-off, I could see the players were really having a go at him and he kept his composure.
“I’ve got no idea what happened after the game but I’d be very, very surprised and staggered if there was any kind of racist slur.
“There is a sterile period of 30 minutes after full-time where people are not allowed to enter the referee’s dressing room, but half an hour is not long enough for people to calm down.
“In view of the alleged problem, perhaps if Chelsea had given it a day or so then there would have been a different reaction.”
Poll called on the game’s governing bodies to offer practical support to Clattenburg.
“Something should be done so referees are not left isolated,” he said.
“(Colleagues) can support you but they can’t help, they can’t take action or make a difference.
“A difference needs to be made, whether we record all the words, not necessarily for public consumption, but for the protection of referees.
“The minimum that should happen is that (conversations are) taped.