Ex-Premier League referee admits still he can’t believe he didn’t send off Spurs star

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Dom Le Roy

Four years on from the infamous ‘Battle of the Bridge’, Mark Clattenburg has admitted that he is still puzzled as to why he didn’t give Eric Dier his marching orders.

Tottenham came into the game at Stamford Bridge needing three points to have any chance of catching Leicester in the race for the Premier League title.

There was no love lost between the sides going into the derby, with plenty of bad challenges flying in from both sets of players.

Among the players who were fortunate not to be sent off was Eric Dier, who proceeded to wipe out Eden Hazard in the second half despite already being on a yellow card. Even with the Chelsea protests, the 26-year-old ended up staying on the pitch.

Clattenburg, who was the man in charge of the game four years ago, has admitted that he still doesn’t know why he didn’t give Dier his marching orders.

The former Premier League referee took to social media to post the following:

Spurs Web Opinion

What is always forgotten about that match is how dirty the Chelsea players were in the first half. They too made some extremely nasty challenges and several of their players were lucky to stay on the pitch. Contrary to the popular notion, that wasn’t the game that cost us the title. Our chances were pretty much over after our draw with West Brom a few days before that match.

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