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Saturday 20 December 2014

Mark Clattenburg: The man in black with a BMW X5 and lifestyle close to controversy

Mark Clattenburg, left, could now face a police investigation into his conduct
Mark Clattenburg, left, could now face a police investigation into his conduct
Mark Clattenburg has been accused of using 'inappropriate language' towards Juan Mata, pictured, and John Obi Mikel
Chelsea's Fernando Torres is shown the red card and sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg for simulation during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London
Mark Clattenburg
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Fernando Torres of Chelsea challenges for the ball with Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Rio Ferdinand (#5) of Manchester United walks out with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires and Gary Cahill of Chelsea look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United offers his hand to Fernando Torres of Chelsea after he was sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal with Ashley Young during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: John Terry of Chelsea walks towards manager Roberto Di Matteo on the way to the tunnel during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of Manchester United evades a challenge by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Fernando Torres of Chelsea is helped to his feet by Wayne Rooney of Manchester United after being shown the red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Javier Hernandez (L) of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates his goal with Juan Mata during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ramires of Chelsea scores his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Rafael of Manchester United challenges David Luiz of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Juan Mata of Chelsea is closed down by David De Gea of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Gary Cahill of Chelsea challenges Javier Hernandez of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United looks on with assistant Mike Phelan during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ashley Young of Manchester United gestures after being brought down by Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (not in picture) during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Robin van Persie of Manchester United is challenged by Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Tom Cleverley of Manchester United is challenged by Oscar of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ramires of Chelsea scores his goal past David De Gea of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ramires of Chelsea scores his goal past David De Gea of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Javier Hernandez (R) of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Fernando Torres of Chelsea talks to referee Mark Clattenburg during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Juan Mata of Chelsea talks to Wayne Rooney of Manchester United as referee Mark Clattenburg looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A steward lays injured on the floor following Manchester United's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 28, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chelsea's Fernando Torres on his knees dejected after being shown the red card by referee Mark Clattenburg for simulation during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 28, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Boris Becker watches during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ashley Cole (R) of Chelsea warms up with Gary Cahill prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The allegations against Mark Clattenburg are unique in English football. Much of what the referee was involved with at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, though, was not.

Clattenburg has never been a referee obviously averse to the spotlight. The old adage that a good refereeing performance was an inconspicuous one does not seem to influence his approach. Clattenburg, from beyond the touchline, appears to enjoy sharing a stage with the stars of the Premier League.



Of course, a Premier League referee is not paid as much as the athletes, but Clattenburg enjoys some of the associated lifestyle. Before it was repossessed in 2008, he owned a black BMW X5 with the personalised number plate C19TTS (Clatts).



David Moyes suggested Clattenburg was too sympathetic to some players after a controversial Merseyside derby in October 2007. "They [the Liverpool players] were all going up to him [during the game] and maybe he wants to be friendly with them," Moyes said. "Didn't he [Clattenburg] go to Asia with Liverpool for the Asian Cup this summer?"



Which is not to say that the players always like him. Sunday was not the first time Clattenburg has sent someone off for an arguable second booking for diving. In December 2009 Clattenburg was refereeing Manchester City's game at Bolton Wanderers. He booked Craig Bellamy for dissent before showing him a second yellow for simulation when he was tripped by Paul Robinson. City were furious, not least because they claimed Clattenburg had asked City staff, "How do you work with Bellamy all week?" at half-time.



The following season Clattenburg infuriated Harry Redknapp during Spurs' 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. Clattenburg did not punish Nani for intentional handball and, with Heurelho Gomes confused as to the decision, Nani scored a goal. "He's a good referee normally but what will happen now is that they will all go into a room and come up with a story," said a furious Harry Redknapp.



None of these criticisms match the seriousness of accusations he faced four years ago. Clattenburg missed almost of the 2008-09 season after being suspended, sacked and then reinstated after allegations about his business affairs. He was pulled from the 2008 Community Shield after it emerged one of his electrical companies, MC Electrical Retail NE Ltd, had been wound up. It was alleged that the referee had also sent an email to a business associate, involved in a legal dispute with him, which was felt to be threatening.



Clattenburg was sacked by the referees' body, Professional Game Match Officials, in January 2009 but was reinstated on appeal, returning late in the season. Clattenburg has previously denied these allegations of impropriety against him.

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