MARK CLATTENBURG has astonishingly admitted to letting Tottenham ‘self-destruct’ in the course of the notorious Battle of the Bridge.
Spurs wanted a win in opposition to Chelsea to maintain alive their hopes of a primary title since 1961 however ended up drawing 2-2 in a feisty encounter.
Spurs ended up with 9 bookings and Clattenburg has admitted he had a ‘recreation plan’ to keep away from Spurs blaming him for his or her defeat by not sending off their gamers regardless of deserving pink playing cards.
Clattenburg, 42, informed the Males In Blazers podcast.”It was theatre. I went in with a recreation plan – that I did not need Tottenham blaming Mark Clattenburg that they have been going to lose the title.
“There ought to have been three pink playing cards for Tottenham. I allowed them to self-destruct.
“All of the media and folks on the planet went ‘Tottenham misplaced the title’. If I ship three gamers off, what is the headlines? ‘Clattenburg value Tottenham the title’.
“It was pure theatre that they self-destructed.”
Clattenburg left the Premier League in February 2017 for a job within the Saudi Arabian Soccer Federation after turning into one of the vital highly-regarded refs within the recreation.
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Late objectives from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard rattled the Spurs staff who began leaping into some questionable challenges.
Mousa Dembele was even hit with a six-game ban for violent conduct in opposition to Diego Costa.
And he believes his model of refereeing helped the title-decider at Stamford Bridge because it meant Spurs couldn’t blame the officers for shedding the title.
He added: “I helped the sport. It benefited from my model of refereeing. Some referees would have performed by the e-book and Tottenham would have been right down to seven or eight gamers and on the lookout for an excuse.
“I did not give them an excuse as a result of my recreation plan was allow them to lose the title.”