Mark Clattenburg: I allowed Tottenham to self-destruct against Chelsea in 2016

Mark Clattenburg booked 9 Tottenham gamers against Chelsea in 2016 – essentially the most yellow playing cards ever handed to one workforce in a Premier League match

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says he “allowed Tottenham to self-destruct” when he refereed the 2-2 draw with Chelsea in May 2016 as Spurs conceded the title to Leicester.

Spurs wanted to beat Chelsea to retain any hope of profitable the league.

Clattenburg says he “went in with a gameplan” so he couldn’t be blamed by Tottenham for dropping the title.

He booked 9 Spurs gamers in the bad-tempered match, however now says he may have despatched off three gamers.

Chelsea and Tottenham obtained report fines from the Football Association following the sport, whereas Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was banned for six video games for violent conduct against Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

Speaking to NBC’s Men in Blazers podcast, he mentioned: “I allowed them [Spurs] to self-destruct so all of the media, all of the folks in the world went: ‘Tottenham misplaced the title.’

“If I despatched three gamers off from Tottenham, what are the headlines? ‘Clattenburg value Tottenham the title.’ It was pure theatre that Tottenham self-destructed against Chelsea and Leicester gained the title.”

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

“Some referees would have performed by the e-book; Tottenham would have been down to seven or eight gamers and doubtless misplaced and they’d’ve been searching for an excuse.

“But I did not give them an excuse, as a result of my gameplan was: Let them lose the title.”

Clattenburg took cost of the Euro 2016 closing, in addition to that yr’s Champions League and FA Cup finals.

In February, he left his job as a Premier League official to turn out to be Saudi Arabia’s new head of referees.

Clattenburg says he had to change his type of refereeing when he took cost of European matches.

“The English type of refereeing is completely different,” he added.

“I had to referee in another way when I went into Europe as a result of not one of the prime gamers in Europe would settle for a few of the bodily contact that went on in the Premier League – however that was the theatre, that is what folks cherished.

“They love a tackle, they don’t want it punished.”

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