Former referee Mark Clattenburg admits Man United used to be favoured
Former Premier League Referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed there used to be some form of favouritism for Manchester United which no longer exists.
Mark Clattenburg was replying to Liverpool’s Jurgen Kopp remarks that Man United is being advantaged in the hands of Premier League referees.
Clattenburg says that there used to be such a thing during Fergie’s time but it ceased when he left.
“There used to be when Fergie was there, but that has eased massively since he left,” he said.
He accuses the Liverpool coach of not liking to lose and also for getting prickly sometimes.
“Jurgen (Klopp] does not like losing. He never has. He gets prickly. But he is wrong to suggest there is an aura around United that sees them given favourable decisions,” Mark Clattenburg said.
The Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg also called Jurgen Klopp ‘a hypocrite’ and accuseed him of trying to influence referees.
“He (Klopp) sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting Manchester United’s players are looking to win penalties. The likes of Mo (Salah) and (Sadio) Mane are just as capable of employing similar tactics.”
Manchester United has been seen to have been favoured with premier league referees in the past with referee Howard Webb known for being “their” long time referee.
Manchester City executive and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira issued similar sentiments some time back. He was accusing the referees of giving Manchester United an ‘advantage’ over the rest of the teams.
“When United play at home they get some advantage that other teams don’t get. I think when you go to Madrid, Barcelona, Milan or United, when the referees referee this kind of games, it’s always difficult to go against them,” Vieira told BBC Sports.
Referee Howard Webb, however, strongly denied claims that he used to favour Man United, although he admitted the claims affected him in the later part of his career.