Clattenburg says no penalties should have been given


Former UEFA referee Mark Clattenburg has criticised the decisions to allow Spurs two penalties at Anfield on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were handed two controversial spot kicks in the fiery encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw, by referee Jon Moss – and Clattenburg has said both were the wrong call to make.

“The question is whether Dejan Lovren deliberately played the ball and has Kane, by being in an offside position, impacted Lovren.” he told The Times.

“The issue is not whether it touched the defender, but whether he played it deliberately.

“You can make an argument that Lovren would not have made this type of attempt for the ball if Kane was not close to him and, therefore, the impact of his presence plays a part in the decision-making of the referee.” he continued.

The former Premier League referee went on to say that the second penalty awarded to Spurs should also not have been given due to an offside which was missed.

“The ball is touched by Fernando Llorente and into Erik Lamela, who is fractionally offside in my opinion.” he said.

“As we have seen with VAR now, offside is a matter of fact and no benefit is given to the attacking team.

“Therefore, the penalty should not have been allowed.” he finished.

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