Clattenburg set for Goodison return

, 16 December, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
The Premier League have announced that Mark Clattenburg will referee an Everton home game for the first time in 6 years when he takes charge of the match against Southampton on 29th December.

The Tyne-and-Wear official caused outrage at Goodison Park for a trio of controversial decisions in the Merseyside derby of October 2007, a game that Liverpool won 2-1 and which would go down in Everton folklore as "The Clattenburg derby".

In the most notorious of the incidents, Clattenburg appeared to change his mind from awarding Tony Hibbert a yellow card for a "foul" on Steven Gerrard to a straight red card after the Reds' captain had a sly word in the referee's ear.

Dirk Kuyt equalised with the resulting penalty, even though Hibbert's challenge was outside the area, and he would go on to score the winner from the penalty spot in the 89th minute after Phil Neville's deliberately handled on the line.

It was argued that the Dutchman should not have been on the pitch by that point, however, following an outrageous, waist-high two-footed lunge on Neville earlier in the second half that didn't even merit a yellow card in the referee's eyes.

The final insult for Evertonians was Clattenburg's refusal to award a penalty at the other end in injury time when Jamie Carragher visibly hauled Joleon Lescott to the ground as the pair challenged for a corner.

Then manager David Moyes's fury ensured that Clattenburg would not officiate an Everton match until 2012 and has not returned to Goodison until now.

Lee Mason has been named as the referee for Sunday's trip to Swansea City, while Lee Probert will take charge of the Boxing Day match against Sunderland.


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