Referee Mark Clattenburg will officiate Everton against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. This is his third Toffees game of the season, the previous two being the rollicking home wins over Arsenal and Manchester City.
Interestingly, he’s been handed three Burnley games previously in this season, and all have been away from Turf Moor with the Clarets yet to register a goal in any of those matches, resulting in two losses and one scoreless draw.
Everton fans do not have fond memories of the referee, going back nearly a decade to an eventful Merseyside Derby in 2007 when he sent off two Everton players (Tony Hibbert and captain Phil Neville), didn’t even caution Dirk Kuyt for a kung-fu style challenge on Neville and then even denied the home side a late penalty following a blatant foul by Jamie Carragher. Evertonians were even more incensed because of how he appeared to have been influenced by the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard when dismissing Hibbert, having originally pulled out a yellow card before issuing a red after Gerrard spoke in his ear. The Reds went on to win 2-1 scoring two penalties.
Clattenburg was then kept away from doing Everton games for five years, until he took charge of a draw against Aston Villa where he once again ignored a legitimate shout for a penalty when Louis Saha was hauled back by Alan Hutton.
Games in 2014 and 2015 were mostly uneventful, until he awarded Stoke City a stoppage time penalty they scored to win 4-3 at Goodison Park. Then manager Roberto Martinez railed -
"John Stones got a touch of the ball and from that moment on you can see there’s a doubt in the mind of the referee. He didn’t give it straight away, he wanted confirmation so he goes to his linesman who is 45 yards away."
Match Officials details -
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: D Cann, D Eaton
Fourth official: R East
Mark Clattenburg’s Everton record -
Image counts Sunday’s game as a draw.