Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Chelsea midfielder Fabregas responds to shock Clattenburg admission

Mark Clattenburg's astonishing claim he 'allowed Tottenham to self-destruct' after losing title at rivals Chelsea Mark Clattenburg admits to, is proud of being the worst type of referee
Kristopher Love | 06 December, 2017, 09:16

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.

Spurs were ahead 2-0 at half-time in what was a robustly fought game. But Chelsea pegged them back to 2-2. Mousa Dembele was also hit with a six-match retrospective ban for violent conduct.

"They just don't tell everyone about it, and Clattenburg has!"

Of course, Clattenburg is no longer officiating in the Premier League after accepting a role at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, despite being one of the most respected referees in the country - and Europe.

Despite the fiery encounter, no players were sent off, but Clattenburg brandished 12 yellow cards, nine of which were handed to Tottenham players.

'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. I've taken abuse for 13 years.

Clattenburg said "referees haven't been allowed to speak for years" and that he wanted "to try and educate and for people to understand".

"The certain words used can be said in different ways". I came off the pitch knowing that I hadn't influenced the result, and that was the most important thing'. 'Clattenburg cost Tottenham the title.' It was pure theatre that Tottenham self-destructed against Chelsea and Leicester won the title. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min opened the scoring for the visitors before the drama really took place.

"I drove home 250 miles thinking I'd made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, 'do I really wanna be a part of this anymore?"

With Leicester's fairytale showing no signs of stopping coming into the summer, Spurs had to beat Chelsea on May 2 at Stamford Bridge, but they were held to a 2-2 draw.

Late goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard rattled the Spurs team who started jumping into some questionable challenges.

"Every single referee goes into every single game with a gameplan", he told talkSPORT host Jim White. Chelsea added a further three to give a grand total of 12 bookings.