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Cheat of the Week – Mark Clattenburg

Mark Clattenburg is clearly in the wrong job.

Whilst continuing to serve the Premier League with distinction as a ‘top referee’, Clattenburg could be making a fortune on UK Living as a ghost hunter.

This week Clattenburg witnessed the telekinetic power of Bolton Wanderers’ Kevin Davies that the rest of us missed, for the Bolton forward managed to foul Fulham defender Brede Hangeland without even touching him.

To deny Davies a goal on his 500th league appearance was harsh, but the Premier League should be pleased to have such a talented referee, equipped with possession of the second sight…

If it turns out that the man from County Durham does not see dead people, walking around like regular people, then there is always the chance that Clattenburg is just a really, really bad referee.

Clattenburg’s failure to award a perfectly good goal at the Reebok on Saturday was not the first time that the lifelong Newcastle United fan has caused controversy with his decisions.

 Tottenham Hotspur fans will remember a certain ‘goal’ that never was, scored by Pedro Mendes at Old Trafford in 2005. Mendes struck the ball from 50yards out, only for Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Caroll to bundle over the line for the whole stadium, and world to see.

Accept Clattenburg missed it.

To be fair to Clattenburg, linesman Rob Lewis did him few favours in this instance. However, Clattenburg’s performance at Tottenham was not isolated.

In 2002 the referee failed to send off Stockport County defender Dave Challinor, after the player broke Grimsby Town striker Martin Pringle’s leg in two places. The reckless tackle effectively ended Pringle’s career, with Stockport manager Carlton Palmer even demanding his player be sent off for the challenge. Clattenburg kept a cool head and awarded a yellow card.

Another vintage display by Clattenburg was on 20 October 2007, where Clattenburg not only failed to send off Dirk Kuyt for a ridiculously reckless challenge on Phil Neville, but in the closing minutes, somehow failed to award Everton a penalty for Jamie Carragher’s challenge on Joleon Lescott.

The penalty would have given Everton the chance for an equaliser, but once again, Clattenburg failed to get an easy decision right. Everton fans were so outraged they set up an e-petition to get the referee sacked by the F.A., which over 2,000 people signed. Clattenburg was suspended from officiating in the Premier League the following week as punishment.

Clattenburg’s latest clanger on Saturday denied Owen Coyle’s men a much needed victory in their quest to surge up the Premier League table, and could have given them a 4point cushion over their rivals. Kevin Davies certainly felt aggrieved by Clattenburg enough to tell Sky Sports,

‘When I saw who the referee was I didn’t expect to get anything off him. I have always felt there is something personal there.”

So there you have it, cheat of the week is Newcastle’s very own Mark Clattenburg, as there is no doubting that countless numbers of players, managers and fans have been cheated following Clattenburg’s poor decision making. Perhaps it’s not personal though Kevin.

Clattenburg can just see aparitions we can’t… You can watch Mark Clattenburg everyday in Ghost Hunter’s on UK Living or UK Living +1 daily…

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