John Mikel Obi (r ) talking with referee Mark Clattenburg during the match
Chelsea’s Nigerian international midfielder, John Obi Mikel has been handed a three-match suspension and fined £60,000 for his actions following Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United.
The midfielder entered the referee's dressing room after the October 28 clash at Stamford Bridge to confront match official Mark Clattenburg.
Mikel had been informed by team-mates that Clattenburg had used inappropriate language of a racist nature towards him during the match, allegations which later proved to be false.
"At the time he threatened the referee the player genuinely believed that the referee had racially abused him. But for that factor the suspension would have been significantly longer."
The Football Association acknowledged the circumstances that led to his actions and said the levels of the ban and fine had been imposed accordingly.
A statement on the FA website read: "The Regulatory Commission's independent chairman Christopher Quinlan QC emphasised that the Independent Regulatory Commission accepted, as did The FA, that at the time he threatened the referee the player genuinely believed that the referee had racially abused him.
"But for that factor the suspension would have been significantly longer."