Mark Clattenburg explains what action should be taken against Harry Kane

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Dom Le Roy

It was a disappointing night at the office for Tottenham yesterday as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

For the second game in a row, Spurs seemed non-existent as an attacking force as they failed to register a single shot on target.

Tottenham’s task doesn’t get any easier as they welcome Arsenal to Wembley on Saturday knowing that a win for the Gunners would put them just a point behind Spurs. It now looks like Spurs might suffer another blow ahead of the game as they could be without Harry Kane.

The England captain was involved in a controversial incident in the first half at Stamford Bridge when he was seen attempting to lower his head into Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

No action was taken against Kane during the match as he didn’t seem to make much contact and Azpilicueta didn’t exaggerate the contact that was made.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has said that the FA could look back on the incident and hand Kane a suspension as referee Andre Marriner seemed to miss the incident during the match.

Clattenburg further added that it was Kane’s intention that mattered and not how severe the contact was.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former referee said: ” Kane lost his cool with Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half, deliberately moving his head towards the Chelsea defender.

“There looked to be contact but it does not matter how severe the contact was with Azpilicueta. Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment – a red card.

“The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.”

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  1. What a horrible man this is. He must be an ARSEnal supporter. Nobody asked his opinion so why he does not his big fat mouth.

  2. Mark Clattenburg, I’m glad you are no longer a Premier League referee. Officials mentality like yourself seem to have a tendency to inflict or want impose heavy penalties on Spurs players for very trivial situations. I have seen many heavier intentions by other team players (Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and City. These teams seem to be given leniency on more than one occasion. I contend that you are another BIASED individual person against Spurs outside of your officiating, just wanting to punish Spurs for no real serious situation. Trust me, this is not because we lost. As an official, you look at the majority of Spurs players for the reasons they get caught up in confrontation in games?! It is other players just wanting to kick Spurs players of their feet. Yes, advantage rule plays sometimes, but opposing team players on most occasions against Spurs (BRINGS THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE). When they are not cautioned, they continue to abuse. When Spurs players do not get protection from officials like yourself, they respond. What happens after that they get cautioned or a card?! HELLO?! I have played this game and represented my country, and can attest to this experience; Fortunately for me, my disciplines where dealt with more tactfully. Spurs victims get no protection. I trust officials like yourself will take a long hard review of my comments. If not, review Spurs games for yourself with my comments and make your judgment. Trust me, Spurs players called out more than any other team players in this league.


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