Arsene Wenger has given his backing to referee Mark Clattenburg who was the subject of a complaint by Southampton.
The Saints claimed that the referee ‘abused’ Adam Lallana, and wrote to the referees’ governing body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) on New Year’s Eve.
However, the complaint – which was apparently down to Clattenburg saying, “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England – you never used to be like this” – has been rejected.
Asked about the issue at his press conference today, as Clattenburg is to take charge of the Sp*rs game tomorrow, Wenger said, “I would be disappointe if Mark Clattenburg is not referee tomorrow. As long as you’re not proved guilty, you’re innocent.
“Nobody has proved yet that what he’s accused of, so it would be a very bad decision. I personally have no problem with Clattenburg refereeing the game tomorrow.”
That’s the way to do it, Arsene, get him on side. You wily old dog.
Southampton, however, have refused to let the matter drop, insisting that the referee was a big meanie-pants poo face and they’ve told their mum who is going to ring up his mum to give him what for.