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Clattenburg resigns as referee analyst – disciplinary case against Nottingham Forest

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Former top referee Mark Clattenburg has resigned as Nottingham Forest’s refereeing analyst. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB

Of NTB | 05/03/2024 17:14:31

Culture and entertainment: He did so just before England’s Football Association (FA) announced that disciplinary proceedings had been opened against the Premier League club, its manager Nuno Espirito Santo and player Neco Williams for statements made after the game against Everton on 21 April.

Clattenburg has been given a formal warning by the FA for his comments after that match.

Forest thought they were cheated for penalties on three occasions in the match against Everton. Afterwards, the club published a sensational message on social media in which VAR officer Stuart Attwell was named as a Luton supporter and where it was claimed that he should therefore not have been responsible for relegation rivals’ matches.

Clattenburg described the refereeing decisions in the match as “a joke”.

– I performed my duties to the best of my ability and in the hope that my extensive experience would help the club understand how referee decisions are made with VAR in place, he writes.

– Now it is clear that it has instead led to friction, and that it has become more of an obstacle than a help for the club. It has also led to me being exposed to undeserved personal criticism, he continues.

Nottingham Forest, Espirito Santo and Williams have until May 9 to respond to the charge that they have behaved inappropriately by implying biased refereeing, and/or calling into question the integrity of referees and/or damaging the reputation of football.

He announced his departure as referee analyst in a statement at Nottingham Forest website. He was in the job for just three months, but says his role has created “friction” between the club and others.

– The reactions are regrettable, because I sincerely believe that there is room for a role as a referee analyst in today’s football.

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