Mark Clattenburg on fourth official duties after controversial Tottenham penalty

Mark Clattenburg has not been appointed to referee a game for a second weekend running since awarding Tottenham a controversial penalty at Manchester City.

Mark Clattenburg before KO (Man City v Spurs - 14th Feb 2016)
Recognition: Clattenburg is one of 18 referees – along with English compatriot Martin Atkinson – who will officiate at Euro 2016 in France in the summer (Picture from Sky Sports)

MARK Clattenburg will not referee a match for a second weekend running after awarding Tottenham a controversial penalty at Manchester City earlier this month. 

The Euro 2016-bound official will be the fourth official for Watford’s Premier League game with Bournemouth on Saturday.

But the 40-year-old will return to the middle for Leicester’s Midlands derby with West Bromwich Albion next Tuesday, March 1.

Clattenburg was also not selected to officiate any of the FA Cup fifth round ties or Football League games last weekend.

The Mirror exclusively reported last Friday that Clattenburg is also facing an investigation by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after joining a management agency that represents players.

The Newcastle-based whistler ‘broke the golden rule of officiating’ when penalising Raheem Sterling for an apparent handball in Spurs’ victory at the Etihad Stadium, according to former top-flight official Graham Poll.

Raheem Sterling penalty incident (v Spurs - 14th Feb 2016)
Controversy: Sterling appeared to block Danny Rose’s cross with his back (Picture from Sky Sports)

“The only conclusion can be that Clattenburg guessed it had hit Sterling on the arm,” Poll wrote in his Daily Mail column.

With the game goalless, Harry Kane converted the spotkick in the 53rd minute as Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 2-1 on February 14 to move up to second in the table.

In his post-match comments, City boss Manuel Pellegrini said he thought the penalty decision was “absolutely wrong”.

He also claimed Clattenburg should not have been appointed to the game after awarding “two clear offside goals” in Spurs’ 4-1 win over City at White Hart Lane back in September.

Earlier this month, the Fifa Category One official sent off Southampton’s Victor Wanyama for the second time this season in their 1-0 win over West Ham for a challenge on Dimitri Payet.

Mark Clattenburg goes for yellow card (Wanyama red v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Going for yellow: Clattenburg puts his hand in his right pocket to indicate he will book Wanyama before going to his top pocket to issue a red card (Picture from Sky Sports)

However, Clattenburg appeared to go to his pocket to produce a yellow card before changing his mind as West Ham players furiously react.

Mark Clattenburg sends off Victor Wanyama (v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Seeing red: Clattenburg has dismissed five players in 32 games in all competitions this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Clattenburg will now assist referee Anthony Taylor and assistants Darren Cann and Stuart Burt at Vicarage Road on Saturday, February 27.

He will then take charge of leaders Leicester against West Brom at the King Power Stadium next Tuesday night – assisted by Simon Beck, Jake Collin and fourth official Jon Moss.

Clattenburg was dropped for one round of fixtures last season for two breaches of protocol after West Brom’s draw with Crystal Palace. He called up then Palace boss Neil Warnock without other officials being present and travelled back to Newcastle alone to watch an Ed Sheeran concert.

In 2012, Clattenburg was cleared of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel during a Premier League match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg was also cleared by the PGMOL of making personal comments about Southampton’s Adam Lallana in 2013 during a game at Everton, in which he was accused of saying ‘you are very different now, since you’ve played for England’.

Mark Clattenburg referee (Saints v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Well-respected: Consett-born Clattenburg is widely regarded as one of the best officials in Europe and is highly thought of by Uefa and Fifa (Picture from Sky Sports)

Newcastle United supporter Clattenburg, who regularly controls Champions League and international matches, is no stranger to officiating high-profile games and is widely known for his informal communication with players on the pitch.

Clattenburg – who is also a trained electrician – has handled over 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.

Among his officiating achievements to date are the 2012 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 and Champions League semi-final last season.

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