Clattenburg slams two referee calls in Liverpool, Spurs draw

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg claims Paul Tierney got two big decisons wrong in Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

A fantastic game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane score for the home side, with Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson netting in reply.

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It was a game full of controversy, with Kane booked for a challenge on Robertson that Jurgen Klopp believed deserved a red card.

Clattenburg agreed, claiming Robertson would have “spent Christmas in a moon boot” had he not jumped out of the way as Kane slid in.

“If Harry Kane’s lunge on Andy Robertson isn’t a red card then I’m not sure what is,” Clattenburg told the Daily Mail.

“The tackle is high, it’s above the ankle, studs are showing and it’s late. It didn’t have a good look to it from any angle.

“Andy Robertson sees the challenge coming from Harry Kane. He knows if he leaves his leg planted then there’s a good chance he’ll be getting stretchered out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and spending Christmas in a moon boot.

“By jumping out of the way, Robertson avoids serious damage. Kane gets away with his lunge as referee Paul Tierney shows only a yellow, with VAR Chris Kavanagh deciding it was not a clear and obvious error. I’d have shown Kane red.”

Robertson was later shown a red for a challenge on Emerson Royal, with Tierney changing his mind having been instructed by VAR to look at the pitchside monitor.

“It was a fierce game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, full of hot-blooded tackles, and this was a particularly angry challenge by Robertson on Royal,” said Clattenburg.

“It was worthy of a red, but then Kane’s indiscretion earlier in the game was worse. Where’s the consistency?

“How can VAR tell Tierney to go look at this incident but not the one involving Kane?”

Another controversial moment came when Tierney decided not to award Liverpool a penalty after Jota was knocked off his feet by Emerson in the first half.

Clattenburg said Tierney should have pointed to the spot.

“This should have resulted in a penalty for Liverpool,” said Clattenburg. “Emerson Royal barges into the back of Diogo Jota and gets nothing of the ball.

“The covering defender meant Tottenham wouldn’t have been reduced to 10 men but Liverpool should have had a penalty.”


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