FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Semi-finals

12 December 2017

Gremio Porto Alegre – CF Pachuca
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
VAR 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
VAR 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
AVAR: Clement Turpin (FRA)

13 December 2017
Al Jazira – Real Madrid
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Andres Cunha (URU)
VAR 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
VAR 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
AVAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Match for Fifth Place

12 December 2017

Wydad AC – Urawa Red Diamonds
Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
VAR 1: Mark Geiger (USA)
VAR 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
AVAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)

FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Second Round

9 December 2017

CF Pachuca – Wydad AC
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Matthew Conger (NZL)

Reserve AR: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
VAR 1: Mark Geiger (USA)
VAR 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
AVAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)

Al Jazira – Urawa Red Diamonds
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)

Reserve AR: Stefan Lupp (GER)
VAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
VAR 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
AVAR: Andres Cunha (URU)

Clattenburg: “Collina changed my refereeing career”

It was the research ahead of the games that made Pierluigi Collina the most respected referee in football. The Italian would spend hours in the build-up to games watching footage of matches, looking for tactics employed by teams which he could swiftly stamp out when he was on the pitch.
Speaking on NBC's Men in Blazers podcast, former FIFA and Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg explained how Collina changed his refereeing career: “It was simple: he was my observer in Bayern Munich vs Barcelona [2015 Champions League semi-final second leg] reviewing my performance. Nervous? It was a nightmare because you never drink in his company and I always liked a beer but you respected the man. When he came to this game, he said, 'Mark, have you prepared for this match?' I said, 'I've watched the first leg six times.' He said, 'Really?' and he opened his laptop and asked, 'Have you seen this tactic by Bayern Munich?' I said, 'What are you on about?' The small player, Thiago, from Bayern Munich was deliberately standing in an offside position but not being involved in play. He would block the path of Pique from heading the ball in attacking phases. This was to create the space for the big players of Bayern Munich to attack the small players from Barcelona because only had one tall player. It was a clear tactic. In the second leg, after 13 minutes, I gave a small free kick and the players thought I was unbelievable. They couldn't understand how I knew this tactic.” Clattenburg went on to employ Collina's methods in the English Premier League. “When I started to become the best referee or one of the best referees in the world, I knew the tactics before clubs even thought about them. In the Premier League, for example, blocking in the penalty area, I was already telling the players that I'm watching the block. Before it even happened the players are like, 'Woah, the referee knows what we're going to do here'.” (Source: Balls)
The 42-year-old attracted controversy earlier this week for his comments regarding a match between Chelsea and Tottenham in May 2016, and has now blamed Mourinho for his decision to leave the Premier League. “I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn’t give,” Clattenburg told the Men in Blazers podcast. “I had walked off that pitch at Stoke, which was always the coldest stadium, it was always wet and miserable, and refereeing Man United was never an easy match. To come off that match it felt immense that I’d actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I’d seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right but he’d put a seed of doubt into my mind. I drove home 250 miles thinking I had made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, ‘Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee?’And I went soul-searching, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to and I had to get out.” (Source: Football365)

Referee fees in Central America

The best paid referees in Central America are those from Costa Rica. The amounts shown below are the fees paid to the referee team, so they are divided among the referee, assistant referees and fourth official assigned to each match:

Costa Rica $1250
Guatemala $1200
El Salvador $725
Honduras $685
Panama $350
Nicaragua $300

Source: Diez

Bo Karlsson resigns after #metoo accusation: "He said he wanted me"

Karin Thorbjörn was one of Sweden's most promising referees. Nevertheless, she chose to end her career very early. Now she told Football Channel about the harassment of Bo Karlsson that led her to resign: "He was 30 years older than me, but he said that he was in love with me and he wanted me".
Along with Anders Frisk and Jonas Eriksson, Bo Karlsson was one of Sweden's most prestigious football referees over the years. He was appointed to the 1994 World Cup in the USA and the 1991 final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup between Manchester United and FC Barcelona. After his refereeing career, Karlsson has continued to work in the football field and has served as the chairman of the Swedish Football Association's Referees Committee and also as a member of the UEFA Referees Committee. Now 68, he resigned as the boss of the Referees Committee in Sweden. The reason is that he has been accused of having sexually assaulted a young referee. “The information revealed make it impossible for me to continue as the chairman of the Swedish Referees Committee. I have therefore informed the Swedish Football Association chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson that I will leave my position with immediate effect. My position is based on trust, but these accusations - even after 21 years - are so bad that the best solution for the Swedish football is that I resign. I have no memory of the event and cannot comment on it", said Bo Karlsson to the Football Channel. "Information on inappropriate behavior has prompted Bo Karlsson to resign as chairman of the Referees Committee. It's sad, but the right decision", said Karl-Erik Nilsson, chairman of the Swedish Football Association. "I share Bo Karlsson's view. There is serious information that have emerged and it affects trust in a way that will prevent him from continuing his work".
Karin Thorbjörn, today 41-year-old, is a former football player and referee. She played in Öxabäck/Mark in Allsvenskan and in different youth teams before she suffered a serious injury. Then she started as a referee and her career was promising. But it came to an end after a national event in 1996. Thorbjörn posted on Facebook some examples of "shameful suggestions, far too many hugs and patches on my back. I participated in a football-related cruise on an Åland ferry. I think we were only two girls on that cruise and there were a hundred men”, she says. “Bosse Karlsson was with us too. There was a lot of alcohol going on. That night it was really fun. He said that he was in love with me and he wanted me and that kind of comments. It was shocking. Suddenly, I did not know what he meant, whether he actually thought I was a good referee or just smacking. As a 20-year-old, I thought it was very difficult. I did not know how to reject a person in that position without insulting him in any way. I was very afraid that I would be bad. I thought if I had said something I was afraid it would be turned against me. I felt small, while he was the referee responsible for SvFF. There were people around who heard what it was whispered to me. Every now and then I tried to just laugh at it; it was the way I tried to handle it, but I thought it was really fun. That was the only occasion... but for me it had major consequences. I made sure I was never alone with him. In the summer I would go to the referee education sessions. I was talking to my mother the other day and asked if she remembered and she said she remembered that I was terrified that he would be on that education session. I did not know how to handle the situation. I wanted to avoid all possible situations where I could be put back in this situation again. And that's not correct. It was somewhere there that I understood... my dream and my goal were to referee a World Cup", says Thorbjörn, who, despite her talent as referee, suddenly became unsure how she could know whether she is indeed a good referee and not because Bosse Karlsson was interested in her. In the end, she used an illness as an excuse to completely leave the refereeing. “I had meningitis and then I chose to use it as the reason I ended. In one way, I think this is far from unique if you look at all the stories that have been published in recent weeks, but I'm sad about what I was exposed to and it's so common among men with power to try... that's 30 years of age difference and in a deprivation it's so incredibly judgmental. I do not think the football movement 20 years ago had been prepared to handle such things. I do not even think I thought about saying to someone or reacting to it. My purpose now is to share what happened, to continue to highlight the issue and to give others the opportunity to dare. It's about trying to get some change around structures.”

Source: Fotbollskanalen

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

7 December 2017

Slavia Praha – FK Astana
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)

Villarreal – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Wollenberg (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Young Boys – Skënderbeu
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Bird (WAL)
Additional AR 1: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Pratt (WAL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)

Dynamo Kyiv – Partizan
Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional AR 1: Jarosław Przybył (POL)
Additional AR 2: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
Fourth Official: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

İstanbul Başakşehir – SC Braga
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Alan Muir (SCO)
Fourth Official: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Referee Observer: Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

Hoffenheim – Ludogorets
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Austria Wien – AEK Athens
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madley (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Betts (ENG)
Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)

HNK Rijeka – AC Milan

Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Additional AR 2: József Erdős (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Apóllon Limassol – Everton
Referee: Sébastien Delférière (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Atalanta Bergamasca – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Vladimir Moskalov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Fastav Zlín – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

FC København – Sheriff
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davy Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

FCSB – Lugano
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Additional AR 1: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Additional AR 2: Miloš Savović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Vladan Todorović (MNE)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Arsenal – Bate Borisov
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Additional AR 2: René Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Crvena Zvezda – FC Köln
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Olympique de Marseille – Red Bull Salzburg
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakou (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitrj Žuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Dzmitrj Dzmitrjeŭ (BLR)
Fourth Official: Jurj Chomčanka (BLR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Vitória SC – Konyaspor
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Additional AR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Kleve (GER)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Zorya Luhansk – Athletic Club
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Hertha BSC – Östersunds FK
Referee: Tiago Lopes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luís Pinto (POR)
Additional AR 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Teixeira (POR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

SBV Vitesse – OGC Nice
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Slađan Josipovic (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional AR 2: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Zulte Waregem – Lazio
Referee: Charálampos Kalogerópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianós Efthymiádis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Trỳfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Geórgios Komínis (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Stávros Mántalos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Toumpakáris (GRE)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Vardar – Rosenborg

Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Real Sociedad – FC Zenit

Referee: Liran Liani (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Copa Sudamericana Final 2017

First Leg, 6 December 2017

Independiente – Flamengo
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Darío Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Eber Aquino (PAR)
VAR 1: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
VAR 2: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
AVAR: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)
Referees Committee: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

Second Leg, 13 December 2017

Flamengo – Independiente
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
VAR 1: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
VAR 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
AVAR: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Referees Committee: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

5 December 2017
Bayern München – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Stangl (AUT)
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

SL Benfica – FC Basel

Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Lo Cicero (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: António Almeida Costa (POR)

Manchester United – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Celtic – Anderlecht
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

AS Roma – Qarabağ FK
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
Fourth Official: Daniele Martinelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Chelsea – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Boric (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

FC Barcelona – Sporting
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Marica (ROU)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Olympiakos – Juventus
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Evángelos Manoúchos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)

6 December 2017
NK Maribor – Sevilla FC
Referee: Peter Královič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Marko Lackovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Liverpool – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (ENG)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City
Referee: Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Pavlov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Aydyn Tasybayev (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Feyenoord – Napoli
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Heinig (POL)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)

FC Porto – AS Monaco
Referee: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Gallego García (ESP)
Fourth Official: João Borlido de Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Salustià Chato Ciprés (AND)

RB Leipzig – Beşiktaş
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mantas Lešinskas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mangirdas Mirauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Christof Günsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Tottenham Hotspur – Apoel
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

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

Former Premier League and FIFA 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 needed to beat Chelsea to retain any hope of winning the league. Clattenburg says he "went in with a game plan" so he could not be blamed by Tottenham for losing the title. He booked nine Spurs players in the bad-tempered match, but now says he could have sent off three players. Chelsea and Tottenham received record fines from the Football Association following the game, while Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was banned for six games for violent conduct against Chelsea's Diego Costa.
Speaking to NBC's Men in Blazers podcast, 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 game plan was: Let them lose the title."
Clattenburg took charge of the Euro 2016 final, as well as that year's UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals. In February, he left his job as a Premier League official to become Saudi Arabia's new head of referees. Clattenburg says he had to change his style of refereeing when he took charge of European matches. "The English style of refereeing is different," he added. "I had to referee differently when I went into Europe because none of the top players in Europe would accept some of the physical contact that went on in the Premier League - but that was the theatre, that's what people loved. They love a tackle, they don't want it punished."

Source: BBC