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Mark Clattenburg slams two referee decisions in Liverpool draw with Tottenham

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has weighed in on the controversial incidents during Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds were forced to settle for a point in a 2-2 stalemate at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with goals from Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson securing the draw.

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Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane scored for the home side, and an incident involving the latter grabbed plenty of headlines.

Kane was booked for a challenge on Robertson, with Jurgen Klopp saying post-match that he believed the tackle deserved a red card.

Clattenburg, who refereed a World Cup final as well as many matches in the Premier League, agreed with Klopp’s view that Kane should have been given his marching orders.

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“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.

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“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 shown a red card for a challenge on Emerson Royal, with Tierney changing his mind after VAR instructed him to check his pitchside monitor.

Clattenburg did not disagree with the decision to send off Robertson, but argued the lack of consistency in comparison with the Kane booking.

“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 incident was Tierney’s decision not to award Liverpool a penalty after Jota appeared to be challenged by Emerson in the first half.

Clattenburg believed that Liverpool should have been awarded a spot-kick for the challenge, but argued why a red card was not needed.

“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.”

Another controversial incident was Tierney’s decision not to award Liverpool a penalty after Jota appeared to be challenged by Emerson in the first half.

Clattenburg believed that Liverpool should have been awarded a spot-kick for the challenge, but argued why a red card was not needed.

“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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