Referee Mark Clattenburg, who was in charge of the recently concluded game between Chelsea and Manchester United, will be facing a investigation by the FA for “inappropriate language” against Chelsea players, Steven Gerrard has blasted the Premier League officials in charge of the Merseyside Derby for their ineptness in the game. And finally, highly coveted Premier League target Isco is set for new contract talks with Malaga.
FA to Investigate Clattenburg Case Following Chelsea’s Complaint
A weekend of poor referring saw Mark Clattenburg’s duty at the Stamford Bridge as the one that stood out. As if his sending off of Fernando Torres was not enough, Clattenburg & his linesmen passed the winner for Manchester United as a legit goal when Chicarito was actually clearly offside.
While these decisions have a boiling point after which they tend to cool off, Chelsea claim that Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” against a couple of their players, with Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel supposedly the victims at the end of his words. It is said that the referee even used a racist slur against Mikel which ticked off the midfielder, giving the already controversial game a fresh twist.
“We have a lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents during today’s match,” said a Chelsea spokesman.
It is reported that Chelsea boss Di Matteo and John Obi Mikel went to visit Mark Clattenburg separately after the game regarding the incidents that took place on the pitch. However, Clattenburg was unavailable for comments. Without wasting any more time, the Blues lodged a complaint with the FA against the behavior of Clattenburg and it is now confirmed that the referee will be part of an investigation process to unearth the true happenings at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night.
The fight against has been polymorphic in nature this season. First, the Terry-Ferdinand saga, then the refusal of Rio Ferdinand to wear t-shirts supporting anti-racism and now, the FA have to deal with a referee’s presence in this melee. English football’s governing body surely has its task cut out and has a lot of pressure piling upon them with such cases. Mark Clattenburg’s refereeing on Sunday was another talking point due to the decisions given against Chelsea. However, that is whole different chapter altogether.
Steven Gerrard Slams League Officials For Weak Refereeing
A few hours prior to the Clattenburg fiasco, it was the Merseyside Derby that stirred up a pot of fury amongst the Liverpool players after the assistant referee raised his flag announcing an offside when Suarez was actually onside to convert Coates’ assist from a Steven Gerrard free kick.
The 219th Merseyside derby gave plenty other talking points such as Suarez tackle on Distin and Phil Neville’s futile dive that led to his booking. However, Liverpool started piling on the pressure in the last ten minutes and could have walked away with three points had it not been for Andre Marriner’s assistant referee. And Steven Gerrard isn’t afraid to voice his concerns over the job of a referee nowadays in the Premier League.
“I asked him after the game if it was offside and he said, ‘I think so’. That’s not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on, ‘we think so’ then we’re in trouble.” – Steven Gerrard, after the game
Decisions haven’t really gone Liverpool’s way this season even though they have the performances to show otherwise. To make matters worse, the constant antagonism shown towards Luis Suarez puts him in the wrong book of referees who then refuse to reward him a foul even if he was the subject of an illegal tackle.
It looks like Liverpool have a lot more than a growing squad to deal with, this season. If they are to come anywhere close to challenging the top four, then they need to portray a quality that precludes bad refereeing decisions costing them games. But with that taking time, we seem to have struck a dead end with the quality of refereeing in the Premier League.
Premier League Target Isco Set For Contract Talks With Malaga
20 year-old Malaga midfielder Isco, who has been on the radar of several Premier League clubs like Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool, is set for new contract talks with his current club, Malaga.
The former Valencia player is one of the hottest properties in Europe and the riches of the Premier League have wasted little time in casting an eyeball on the player. Malaga, who have been on the rise since Pellegrini got in, have decided to offer a new contract to the youngster in the hope of keeping him at the club for the future.
A new contract for Isco is expected to keep him at the club till 2018, returning €1.5 million per season and increasing his release clause to a staggering €40 million. Malaga are currently third in La Liga, a point above Real Madrid and seven points behind Barcelona. Adding to this, they have notched up three wins out of three in their Champions League campaign and are in good stead to progress through the group stages. Having said that, Isco is an important cog in the wheel for Manuel Pellegrini and keeping him at the club is going to be one of the top priorities for the management.