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Southampton Make Official Complaint After Accusing Clattenburg Of Verbally Abusing Lallana: Nightly Soccer Report

Southampton have made an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, accusing him of verbally abusing club captain Adam Lallana during the match against Everton last weekend.

Lallana claims that the abuse from Clattenburg was of a personal nature. The complaint was filed with PGMOL — the referee body for the Premier League — on New Year’s Eve.

The Saints have asked for an apology from Clattenburg as well as a request that he doesn’t referee any of their games until the outcome of the investigation is complete.

This isn’t the first time that Clattenburg has been involved in controversy. Last year, Chelsea filed a complaint against Clattenburg, alleging that he used a racist slur in a match at Stamford Bridge. Clattenburg was found to be innocent.

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  1. goatslookshifty

    January 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Football is possibly the only sport where players have the freedom to abuse the refs almost at will. Rugby, hockey, NFL, etc. all have curtailed, or never allowed, the type of abuse football refs take. If refs were mic’ed, at least they’d be real evidence to eliminate this nonsense and players might be more cautious of their behavior.
    That being said, not many players and managers have ever criticized refs when they won.

    • Pakapala

      January 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm


      Where do people get this idea that players have the freedom to verbally abuse refs? That is not the case, the refs have the right and definitely do and should punish players who talk out of line to them; it’s in the rulebook. Now all refs are not the same and some are more tolerant than others but there’s plenty of examples of players getting booked for saying something out of line to a ref.

  2. Dust

    January 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    According to southampton Clattenburg said

    “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England”.

    LoL…what an absolute joke,why on earth would that constitute anything disrespectful,Southampton pulling Liverpool. Southampton need a slap.

  3. Scrumper

    January 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’ve heard for many years how players wish referees were more approachable. Ian Wright told a story how ex referee Jeff Winters once said to him walking in to half time how he (Jeff Winter) was having “an awful game” Wright said it gave him new respect for Winters.

    Now we have Lallana bursting into tears because the ref spoke to him (oh sorry I see the word is abuse). I suppose Lallana has now lost his confidence and can’t sleep at night because the referee has evoked some long forgotten childhood nightmare.

    Christ! is this still a mans game? Some of these players need a good talking to. Take diving, which we have witnessed quite a lot of in the last week. A ref telling a player his dive was pathetic and here’s a yellow card for your troubles might actually curb some of it, because it’s obvious some managers are saying nothing which can signal acceptance to the player.

    I’m all for a ref speaking their mind to the players. They suffer torrents of abuse week in week out from players, managers and fans alike.

    • MtnD

      January 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      So people in customer service jobs or the like should just give customers a piece of their mind. Just rip right back into the customer? Of course not because they’d be out of a job

      Nobody is interested in the fact that Clattenburg thinks Lallana has changed. Keep your immaterial opinion to yourself and do your job.

      • Eddie

        January 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        That’s an odd comparison. Clattenberg’s job is nothing like that of a customer service rep, and Lallana isn’t like a customer. They have plenty of familiarity with each other, and the expectation that these guys don’t talk to each other and say things that are occasionally of a personal nature is likely wrong. And why do people expect either players or refs to be robots with no personality? If Lallana is giving Clattenberg a hard time, and he replies that Lallana used to not act that way, I don’t see the problem. Lallana sounds like a baby.

        • MtnD

          January 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          I guess it would be ‘odd’ if you fail to see the bigger picture. A job is a job – do it without the chatter (both parties). As for these robot comparisons if doing your job without making personal attacks is considered robotic then that my friend is odd to me.

          • Eddie

            January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

            You consider his comments a “personal attack”? You must live a charmed life.

  4. Marc

    January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Clattenburg is my favorite EPL ref. Being a ref myself I cam almost relate to the abuse they receive. Almost. I take no crap on the pitch. I agree with Bishop. How can players complain about the ref’s behavior with what they say to them? What ever happened to the Fifa Fair Play Campaign a few seasons ago to respect the refs?

  5. Bishopville Red

    January 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

    It would be interesting to find out the nature of what he allegedly said. It’s always made me smirk when a player, after dropping f-bombs and all sorts of nasties in the ref’s face turns around an accuses the ref of disrespectful behaviour.


    • MtnD

      January 3, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Does it really mater if the player dropped an f bomb? The ref is supposed to maintain their professionalism and not stoop to others lowbrow antics. Especially personal attack (if that’s the case). Otherwise give anyone a whistle and cards and send them on the field. An official should be held to a higher standard.

      • Bishopville Red

        January 3, 2014 at 10:05 am

        Who said anything about stooping to lowbrow antics?

        Referees are expected to maintain professionalism, but they are also expected to establish less formal tones to come across as humans, not automatons.

        For what it’s worth, Twitter is reporting that Clattenburg said, “You’re very different now since you played for England. You never used to be like this.”

        Based on the response, it sounds to me like Clattenburg is right!


        • MtnD

          January 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

          That’s my point Clattemburg shouldn’t even be making a statement like that. His personal opinion should be kept to himself or he loses his impartiality. There is no room for officials spouting off their personal opinions that have nothing to do with the match.

          Players should treat officials with respect but when it comes down to it the players aren’t making the crucial calls officials are – that’s why making a statement like that is unprofessional and can show bias.

  6. MtnD

    January 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Clattenburg always looks like such a smug jerk.

  7. Jim

    January 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Clattenburg will be cleared again. This is the English FA we are talking about and the PGMOL is an arm of the FA.

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