Mark Clattenburg admits to allowing Tottenham to self-destruct in 2016

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has admitted of letting Tottenham Hotspur to self-destruct when he facilitated the 2-2 draw with Chelsea back in May 2016.

Clattenburg said he “went in the gameplan” in order not to be blamed by Tottenham for losing the title. The 42-year-old referee has booked nine Spurs players in bad-tempered matches but now claims that he could have sent off at least three players.

In a statement he said, “I allowed them [Spurs] to self-destruct so all the media, all the people in the world went: ‘Tottenham lost the title.’

“If I sent three players off from Tottenham, what are the headlines? ‘Clattenburg cost Tottenham the title.’ It was pure theatre that Tottenham self-destructed against Chelsea and Leicester won the title.”

Asked if he helped to “script” the game, he replied: “I helped the game. I certainly benefited the game by my style of refereeing.

“Some referees would have played by the book; Tottenham would have been down to seven or eight players and probably lost and they would’ve been looking for an excuse.

“But I didn’t give them an excuse, because my gameplan was: Let them lose the title.”

Clattenburg left his English Premier League post in February to join and become Saudi Arabia’s head of referees.


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