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Mark Clattenburg clears up previous comments about Tottenham

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg claims his comments about letting Tottenham self-destruct have been "misinterpreted".

Clattenburg was the man in the middle in May 2016 when Spurs needed to beat Chelsea to keep their hopes of winning the league alive, but drew 2-2 and conceded the title to Leicester.

Clattenburg has been criticised for claiming on NBC's Men in Blazers podcast that he could have sent off three players but instead "allowed Tottenham to self-destruct".

However, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, the 42-year-old said: " That was only in the last five minutes.

"When they self-destructed was when Chelsea equalised. What I said on the podcast probably got misinterpreted or I said it in the wrong way.

"But when Tottenham lost their discipline in the last few minutes it was an opportunity for me to say 'the game is finished, do I want to be the centre of attention?'

"One thing I don't want to do is be the centre of attention

"Tottenham drew the match which meant they had lost the title. I always said my game plan was not to be the centre of attention, not to cost anybody the title and not to influence the result."

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