Mark Clattenburg to referee Manchester City’s Tottenham trip

Mark Clattenburg will handle leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane, Mike Dean will remain on Premier League duty after controversial Stamford Bridge display and Lee Mason is recalled at the Britannia Stadium.

Mark Clattenburg referee (West Ham v Man United - 8th February 2015)
Humour: Clattenburg is no stranger to the so-called “big games” and is known for his informal communication with players on the pitch (Picture from Sky Sports)

MARK Clattenburg will take charge of Tottenham’s Premier League encounter with leaders Manchester City this Saturday lunchtime.

The 40-year-old from County Durham will be in the middle for his fifth top-flight game of the season at White Hart Lane (KO 12:45pm, live on BT Sport 1).

He will be assisted by his regular Fifa linesmen Simon Beck and Jake Collin with Anthony Taylor acting as the fourth official.

Clattenburg officiated Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton at St Mary’s last Sunday and handed out just two yellow cards.

It will be his second City match in less than a month after handling their 2-0 win over Watford before the international break in what was his first trip to the Etihad Stadium since December 2013.

He was also the fourth official for City’s 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on the opening weekend of the season.

Mark Clattenburg Man City record as of 22nd Sept 2015
First time: Clattenburg’s maiden City game was a 1-1 home draw with Blackburn Rovers in November 2004

The Gosforth-based whistler also took control of Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League game against Aston Villa and sent off Chelsea skipper John Terry in their 3-2 win at West Brom in August.

Overall, he has brandished 19 yellow cards, one red card and is yet to award a penalty this term.

The Fifa Elite Category official is yet to be involved in the Champions League or Europa League this campaign but produced an assured display in Russia’s 1-0 win over Sweden in Group G of Euro 2016 qualifying.

Clattenburg last encountered Tottenham in May when he sent off Vlad Chiriches in the second half of their 3-0 defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Last season, the former electrician handled City’s away games at Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and, latterly, Swansea City.

Among Clattenburg’s officiating achivements are the League Cup Final, Olympic Games gold medal match in 2012 and the 2013 Community Shield – all at Wembley – as well as the 2014 Uefa Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Mark Clattenburg coin toss with Vincent Kompany (29th August 2015)
Familiar foe: Clattenburg sent off City skipper Vincent Kompany on international duty for Belgium back in March (Picture from Sky Sports)

He has handled nearly 250 Premier League matches since his promotion to the Select Group in 2004 but was suspended in 2008 for eight months for breaching his contract in relation to personal business deals.

Last season, Clattenburg was seemingly out of favour for a while after being dropped for one weekend for travelling back to Newcastle alone following a game to attend an Ed Sheeran concert and call then-Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock without the other officials being present.

Despite dividing opinion with his often erratic and over-expressive style, Clattenburg is highly regarded on the domestic, European and international scene.

The Consett-born referee – who is regarded as one of the fitter and talkative officials – is battling with Martin Atkinson to be England’s representatives for Euro 2016 in France and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


ELSEWHERE THIS WEEKEND….

Mike Dean watches on (Sunderland v Newcastle - 5th April 2015)
Vastly experienced: Dean has refereed over 350 Premier League games since his first in 2001 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Mike Dean will remain on Premier League duty despite missing a series of offences by Chelsea striker Diego Costa and sending off two Arsenal players at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Even after his controversial display in Chelsea’s 2-0 London derby win, Dean – along with his assistants Simon Long and Stuart Burt – will take charge of West Ham’s game against Norwich at Upton Park on Saturday.

Dean failed to spot Costa pushing Laurent Koscielny in the face, slapping him, or bumping him to the floor with his chest while Costa was only booked for grabbing Brazilian defender Gabriel around the neck and did not even register a foul in the game.

Diego Costa clashes with Laurent Koscielny (19th Sept 2015)

But the 47-year-old Wirral-based whistler Dean – who is regarded as one of the top officials among the Select Group – has not been taken out of the firing line and is likely to come under intense scrutiny this weekend if another high-profile error arises.

Earlier on Monday, Arsenal fans started a petition to stop Dean from officiating future Gunners’ games, which has since amassed over 82,000 signatures while the experienced Heswall-based official was heavily criticised by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger afterwards.

Dean has officiated six games in all competitions so far – five in the Premier League – and brandished 21 yellow cards while Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are the only players he has dismissed so far and he is yet to award a penalty.


ALSO LOOK OUT FOR….

Lee Mason after penalty award (N Forest v M'boro - 19th Sept 2015)
Season so far: Mason has brandished 18 yellow cards and awarded two penalties in four games in all competitions (Picture from Sky Sports)

Lee Mason has been recalled to take charge of his first Premier League game in over a month when Stoke City welcome Bournemouth to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The 43-year-old from Lancashire was overseen two Championship games since he was criticised by many for failing to send off Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin for a series of fouls in their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on August 16.

Mason was also dropped to fourth official duties for Leicester’s home match with Tottenham last month after his indifferent display at Selhurst Park.

The Bolton-based whistler was in the middle for Birmingham’s 1-1 draw with Derby and Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest last weekend – both on television – in which he awarded the hosts a penalty which was missed by captain Henri Lansbury.

Mason also handled Leicester’s 4-2 victory over Sunderland in the top-flight on the opening weekend in which he had a mixed game – brandishing six yellows but failing to award the visitors a penalty having given Leicester one earlier.

He will be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Andy Halliday while the fourth official will be Football League referee Carl Boyeson.


AND FINALLY….

Bobby Madley plays advantage
Other role: Madley will be the fourth official for the fourth time in the Premier League this season for Leicester’s game with Arsenal on Saturday (Picture from Sky Sports)

Robert Madley will take charge of a second successive televised game in the top-flight after being assigned to Everton’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Monday night (KO 8pm).

The 29-year-old from West Yorkshire was criticised for not clamping down on perceived time-wasting by West Ham in their surprise 2-1 win at Manchester City in Saturday’s teatime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

He will also be in the middle for the eagerly-anticipated “Second City” derby between Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup third round at Villa Park.

Madley has already officiated four Premier League games this term, awarding two penalties and sending off Watford midfielder Valon Behrami in their 1-0 win over Swansea earlier this month.

He was also in control of Charlton’s 2-0 win over QPR in the Championship on the opening weekend of the season in which he dished out five bookings in an incident-free game.

Madley – the younger brother of 32-year-old Football League referee Andy – sent off three players on his Premier League debut in April 2013 before earning promotion to the Select Group in the 2013-14 season.

But the Ossett-born whistler – who was in charge of both legs of the 2014/15 FA Youth Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City – finally appears to be settled in the top-flight.

Madley – who has been a fifth official for Fifa since 2012 – took charge of 11 Premier League games last season and has refereed only 21 in total.

He will be assisted at the Hawthorns by linesmen Mick McDonough and Marc Perry, with Mike Jones on fourth official duties.


OTHER APPOINTMENTS….

PL Match Official Appointments (26th and 27th Sept 2015)

Fifa whistler Anthony Taylor will officiate in the 4pm Sunday slot for the fourth time this season when Watford meet London rivals Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

Martin Atkinson – the only referee to receive a Premier League game in all seven rounds of fixtures so far – will take charge of winless Newcastle against champions Chelsea at St James’s Park for the second successive season.

Roger East will officiate back-to-back top-flight games for the first time this season after being handed Southampton’s clash with Swansea.

A fortnight after overseeing Manchester City’s trip to Selhurst Park, Mike Jones will take charge of their rivals United for the first time since Boxing Day 2014 when Sunderland visit Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Craig Pawson – who has endured an indifferent start to the campaign – will be in control of his sixth top-flight game when Arsenal travel to high-flying Leicester.

Jon Moss will be at Anfield for his fifth Premier League game of the season as Liverpool host Aston Villa – a fixture he oversaw two seasons ago and caused controversy by awarding the Reds a hotly-disputed penalty.

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