Clattenburg To Referee Everton V Palace – Twitter Reacts Angrily

0 Posted by - September 27, 2016 - News

Ask any Crystal Palace fan for their view on referee Mark Clattenburg and you’re unlikely to get anything approaching a complimentary answer; a fact born out perfectly by the reaction of Eagles fans everywhere when it was announced that the aforementioned official would be taking charge of our tie with Everton on Friday night.

These tweets sent in response to the news of Clattenburg’s appointment are almost certain to make you chuckle.

Palace’s overwhelming apathy for the refereeing of Mr Clattenburg can be traced back a number of years, following a string of harsh decisions from the Newcastle native, none more blatant than during a game at The Hawthorns in October of 2014, when Mark saw no issue with a flying elbow to the head of Palace keeper Julian Speroni from Baggies’ defender Craig Dawson which eventually led to the Argentine stopper having to be substituted with a concussion.

More recently, we were forced to contend with Clattenburg’s general ineptitude when up against Manchester United in May’s FA Cup Final, watching on as he twice failed to play clear advantages with Palace well on their way towards David De Gea’s goal, alongside his refusal to dismiss Wayne Rooney despite an obvious yellow card offence that occurred after the England captain had already received a caution.

Whilst Clattenburg is also despised at Goodison Park for a particular performance in a now infamous Merseyside derby a number of years ago, a quick bit of research into the career of the 41-year-old official brings to light a record which has seen him preside over just five Crystal Palace victories in 22 outings, the lowest win ratio of any club to have played 20 or more games under his guidance in the professional game.

Modern football is absolutely full to the brim with conspiracy theories but in the specific instance of Crystal Palace’s relationship with Mark Clattenburg, it’s fair to say that their dislike of him is fully justified.

Enjoy the anger attached above, it comes from the heart.

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2 Comments

  • Neil September 27, 2016 - 10:25 pm Reply

    First of all, I’m an Everton supporter with a hatred for Clattenburg that goes back many seasons. After the merseyside derby I really thought that he had been paid, particularly when it came to light he had toured the far east with Liverpool in the close season and shortly after the game was was taken off the premier league roster for ‘financial issues’ with his non football business interests. Since then he seems to have delivered results that would be beneficial to the FA or EUFA or FIFA and been rewarded by getting to referee some of the top games around the planet. You were robbed in the FA cup but maybe you should ask yourselves, if you were the FA, would you want the cash cow leviathon that is Man Utd winning trophies and representing you in Europe, or would you want Crystal Palace? I really don’t think he has it in for you, you were just in the way when the authorities wanted a particular result. The same pattern was evident in his displays at the European championships

  • Jimmy September 27, 2016 - 10:27 pm Reply

    Looks like the FA are taking the ALACE out of us.
    Ouch!
    This is what I call a sting!

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