Skip to the content Home .:. About .:. Biography
Mark Clattenburg
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Football Referee
Desc xxxx


Org English Premier League

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has agreed with the VAR call that allowed Liverpool’s opening goal against Manchester City to stand, but says the Premier League explanation was incorrect] VAR and Michael Oliver made the correct call in allowing Fabinho’s early goal to stand, although I disagree with the reasoning the Premier League have provided. There were strong suggestions at the time that the effort should be disallowed and a penalty awarded to Manchester City because Trent Alexander-Arnold had handled at the other end moments before the goal. However, it is the arm of Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva that deflects the ball onto Alexander-Arnold and that is why, for me, play should not be brought back. If Silva’s arm does not divert the ball, then yes, I believe a penalty should have been awarded as Alexander-Arnold’s arm is in an unnatural position and he is using it to make himself bigger. That is why I do not understand the Premier League explanation that it was not a deliberate handball

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was ‘miserable’ and complained about everything] He was just so irritable and never stopped, one of those miserable blokes who would whinge about everything and everyone. If the ball was round, he would whinge. If the ball was white, he would whinge. You would think, ‘Just give it a rest’. He was a great goalkeeper but I honestly think this was a weakness in him and other teams identified that. They would stand on his toes at corners and he would react by pushing them

I knew players were provoking him but he was probably lucky to avoid being sent off and giving away penalties, as would happen now - but he would do snidey, little things himself that made it difficult and I didn’t enjoy refereeing him at all. He was erratic and his antics were not easy to deal with.

2020 05 14b Retrieve

[Clattenburg is still bitter about the claim as he has not received an apology from John Obi Mikel] I have picked Mikel because of the incident during a Chelsea v Manchester United match in 2012 when he accused me of making a racist comment, which was not right and I was later cleared by the FA

He has never apologised and that is disappointing because it could have ruined my life. I fell out of love with refereeing for a while after that but couldn’t quit because I had a family to support and no other career to pursue. It all left a bad feeling that still lingers today

Mikel only heard the allegation from his team-mate Ramires, who did not speak English. Other Chelsea players have since apologised but nothing from Mikel

He had the chance to say sorry and speak to me about it during a Nigeria friendly in the United States before the World Cup in 2014, and I would have welcomed that, but nothing, sadly

2020 05 14c Retrieve

[Former referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed what he said to silence ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe during the 2016 Champions League final] Everyone always asks about the incident in the 2016 Champions League final when I did that thing with my tongue as he was rolling around on the floor, play-acting. In my head I was thinking: ‘How soft are you for a big man?’. He did it twice in that game, trying to get an Atletico Madrid player sent off. Another referee might have fallen for it but I’d done my homework and, while you should try not to pre-judge, I knew exactly what his mentality was like and I needed that knowledge to handle him. He was another player you just couldn’t trust. A game could be easy and straightforward then he would do something sly

In that final Real Madrid went 1-0 up in the first half but the goal was slightly offside and we realised at half-time - it was a hard call and my assistant missed it. I gave Atletico a penalty early in the second half when Pepe fouled Fernando Torres. Pepe was furious and said to me in perfect English: ‘Never a penalty, Mark.’ I said to him: ‘Your first goal shouldn’t have stood.’ It shut him up. People might think that sounds odd, because two wrongs don’t make a right and referees don’t think like that, but players do. I knew by saying that to him it would make him more accepting of the situation, but he was a wind-up merchant and not fun to referee one bit, you had to be on your guard constantly