Tuesday 21 January 2020

Mark Clattenburg Focus

Referee Mark Clattenburg enjoyed an uneventful game as Leicester beat Swansea 4-0
Referee Mark Clattenburg enjoyed an uneventful game as Leicester beat Swansea 4-0

Referee Mark Clattenburg took charge of Leicester's 4-0 win over Swansea on Sunday as the Foxes moved a step closer to the Barclays Premier League title.

He arrived at the King Power Stadium after fellow official Jonathan Moss was embroiled in controversy in Leicester's 2-2 draw with West Ham last week after sending off Jamie Vardy for diving and giving two late penalties.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the official fared in another key victory for the Foxes:

10 minutes: Leicester go 1-0 up after Ashley Williams' awful clearance hits Riyad Mahrez and the winger fires in. There were suggestions the ball hit Mahrez's arm, but Clattenburg remains unmoved.

28: The County Durham official speaks to captains Wes Morgan and Ashley Williams about grappling in the box, which Morgan was penalised for last week after he conceded a penalty for tangling with West Ham's Winston Reid.

30: Clattenburg awards Leicester a free-kick on the left after Morgan goes down and Leonardo Ulloa converts Danny Drinkwater's delivery to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

40: Drinkwater receives a stern talking to after taking out Andre Ayew, but Clattenburg keeps his cards in his pocket.

43: He turns down Leonardo Ulloa's penalty appeals, correctly, after the striker went down in the area under a challenge from Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer.

63: An uneventful second half for the referee came briefly to life when he issued the first booking of the game when Federico Fernandez brought down Mahrez.

72: Williams' afternoon got worse when Clattenburg decided to, rightly, book him when he held back Drinkwater to stop the midfielder breaking clear.

81: A quick Swansea break is stopped by N'Golo Kante to leave Clattenburg with little choice but to issue a yellow card.

Verdict: Unlike Jon Moss, Clattenburg had little controversy to deal with and was rarely faced with a difficult decision. He would have known attention was on him as the title race enters the final straight, but he enjoyed a composed and trouble-free game.

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