Clattenburg reveals why he wasn't allowed to referee at Everton

Mark Clattenburg reveals he wasn’t allowed to referee at Everton for SEVEN YEARS after his Merseyside derby shocker in 2007: ‘I was out of my depth… I had an absolute nightmare’

  • Mark Clattenburg reveals why didn’t referee at Goodison Park for seven years
  • Clattenburg made two high-profile errors in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Everton
  • Dirk Kuyt escaped red for a two-footed lunge, before scoring twice
  • Then Clattenburg turned down an Everton penalty for a Jamie Carragher foul

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed he was not allowed to officiate at Goodison Park for seven years after high-profile errors in a Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool in October 2007.

Sportsmail columnist Clattenburg, who was speaking on Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game podcast, admitted he was ‘out of his depth’ taking charge of the match shortly after also refereeing Manchester and London derbies.

With Everton 1-0 up, Clattenburg failed to award what he admits now was a ‘stonewall’ red card for Dirk Kuyt’s two-footed lunge on Phil Neville, before sending off Everton duo Tony Hibbert and Neville as he awarded two penalties to Liverpool – which Kuyt converted to give the Reds the lead. 

Mark Clattenburg sends off Phil Neville for deliberately handling on the line in October 2007

The official also sent off Tony Hibbert in the match after he took out Steven Gerrard as last man

Kuyt somehow escaped red for this lunge on Neville, before he went on to score twice

To make matters worse, Clattenburg turned down a strong penalty shout in injury-time as Carragher grappled with Joleon Lescott, which would have given Everton the chance to equalise. The Goodison faithful were understandably seething at full-time and Clattenburg was not sent back there by the Premier League until 2014. 

‘I was out of my depth,’ the 46-year-old told Carragher. ‘I don’t know why I was refereeing it. I’d just done the Manchester derby and the London derby, so it was my third derby in three or four weeks.

‘I had underestimated it – the working-class derby. The other two were different derbies, this one was brutal. Some derbies are different in certain stadiums. Sunderland-Newcastle is more intense at Sunderland and Everton-Liverpool is more intense at Goodison. There was always more intensity.’  

Clattenburg waves away penalty appeals after Jamie Carragher clashed with Joleon Lescott

He added: ‘I remember the first half I did okay, but in the second half I had an absolute nightmare. I listened to my assistant referee for the Dirk Kuyt challenge, which when you look back was a stonewall red.’

Joking with Carragher on the podcast, Clattenburg added: ‘Look at what you did with Lescott – you killed us! I wasn’t allowed to referee Everton for seven years because of you!’ he said. 

‘Everything went against Everton. You don’t sometimes see it when you are in the game. I could have given the penalty and come out with less criticism and then refereed Everton over the next seven years, which I failed to do.’

Clattenburg went on to referee the Champions League, FA Cup and European Championship finals in 2016, before leaving the Premier League in 2017.

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