Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Mark Clattenburg Let Tottenham 'Self-Destruct' Against Chelsea At Stamford Bridge In 2016

Mark Clattenburg Let Tottenham 'Self-Destruct' Against Chelsea At Stamford Bridge In 2016

Basically, Clattenburg, full of self importance and delusions of grandeur admits to not only failing to do his job properly in the famous "Battle of Stamford Bridge", but is proud of the fact that he engineered the situation in such a way that Spurs "self-destructed".

"I allowed them [Spurs] to self-destruct so all the media, all the people in the world went: 'Tottenham lost the title'".

Some referees would have played by the book and Tottenham would have been down to 7 or 8 players and probably lost, and Tottenham would've been looking for an excuse but I didn't give them an excuse, because me gameplan was let them lose the title.

Mark Clattenburg has defended his recent controversial comments regarding a game between Tottenham and Chelsea in May 2016.

Keith Hackett has expressed "surprise and disappointment" at hearing what he called the "nonsense" of suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur players were not sent off against Chelsea in 2016 because of how it would look.

Clattenburg oversaw the ill-tempered game towards the end of the 2015/16 season in which Tottenham's final chance to catch leaders Leicester went up in the smoke of Eric Dier trying to kill people.

Clattenburg came in for significant criticism in the wake of his comments, but he says he does not regret the way he handled the match.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – King Power Stadium
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele was later banned for six games for violent conduct

"That's the balance that top-level officials have to try and achieve - what's right for the game and the laws - and that's what a lot of people don't understand".

"When I saw the comments, I thought, 'What's going on?' And so have other referees I have spoken to". I've taken abuse for 13 years.

"The English style of refereeing is different", he added.

Either way, this is a fascinating insight into the psychology of a referee, particularly at the 42-year-old's level of the game. It certainly benefited the game by my style of refereeing.

"Let's not forget one thing, he was a fantastic referee".

"I expect referees to be prepared and focussed - that would mean knowing the teams, the environment, the possible tactics and potential adjustments to help perform at your best but, once you cross the white line, you have a blank canvas in terms of the decisions", he said.

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