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Clattenburg to ref Spurs game

last updated Thursday 14th September 2006, 4:59 PM
Mark Clattenburg Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear Co. Durham)
At the age of 31 he is by far the youngest referee in the Select Group of Officials. When he was 16 he was sent on a refereeing course as part of the Duke of Edinburgh awards and was immediately bitten by the refereeing bug. Mark then started his refereeing career in 1990 and is the product of the ‘fast tracking system’ that allows referees of a young age and ability to be rushed through the various levels of refereeing to enable them to reach the top of their profession a lot more quickly.By 1999 he was promoted to the National List of Assistant Referees and was refereeing in the Conference. He only spent a year on that list before he was promoted once more to the National List of Referees meaning he was just one step away from the Premiership. So at the age of 25 years old he became the youngest referee to officiate in the Football League since 1956 when the legendary Jack Taylor blew his whistle. Taylor went on to referee the 1974 World Cup Final so Mark still has a lot to go for. So far Mr Clattenburg has reffed four Fulham games, all in the Premiership, which resulted in 2 wins and 2 defeats with 10 yellows for Fulham players and 12 for opposition players.
Referee Stats - 2005/2006

Ref Clattenburg blew his whistle less than most of his fellow Refs last season thereby letting the game flow a little better.However when he did whistle he was more likely to give a yellow card being one of the busiest carders in the Premiership. He seems to have developed an aversion to red cards having kept it in his pocket all last season and for the 2 games he has controlled this seasonHowever Ref Clattenburg is not afraid to order a penalty with one every 4 games last season and 2 already this season .

  Mr. Clattenburg's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 16   18  
Fouls 387 24.2 476 26.3
Yellows 55 3.4 56 3.1
Reds 0 0.0 4 0.2
Penalties 4 0.3 3 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 7.0 - 8.5
Homer? (2005-2006)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
16 196 32 0 3 191 23 0 1 387 55 0 4
  51% 58% 0% 75% 49% 42% 0% 25%        
Premiership Average
18 49% 42% 35% 67% 51% 58% 65% 33% 476 56 4 3

Ref Clattenburg was fairly even handed last season, apart from his penalty decisions which were 75% in favour of away teams. This season he has given one to a home squad and one to a visiting squad.Clattenburg has contrived to land himself in the unusual position of issuing more yellows against home teams than away teams. His bias against home squads is the most pronounced in the Premiership. Hopefully he keeps it going on Sunday.

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Mark Clattenburg
17-12-2005 Premier Fulham 2-1 Blackburn 8y 0r
Bookings: Helguson, Knight, McBride, Radzinski (Fulham) Bentley, Dickov, Neill, Tugay (Blackburn)
Fulham players score all the goals in a 2-1 victory
24-08-2005 Premiership Arsenal 4-1 Fulham 7y 0r
Bookings: Bergkamp, Cole, Flamini, Lauren, Reyes (Arsenal) Boa Morte, Rehman (Fulham)
And "Bonus" Warner saved a penalty.
28-12-2004 Premiership Fulham 2-3 Birmingham 1y 0r
Bookings: Rehman (Fulham)

03-04-2004 Premiership Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth 6y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Goma, Rosenior (Fulham) O'Neil, Skopelitis, Stefanovic (Portsmouth)
Dejan Stefanovic was lucky not to be sent of in the fourth minute when he brought down Boa Morte as he prepared to charge through on goal, but referee Mark Clattenburg opted for leniency and showed only a yellow card. This was the game were Steed Malbranque failed to convert a penalty when Fulham were 1-0 down and suffering near the drop zone. Bet Steedie was happy with the final score :-)

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