Last week, Clattenburg hit the headlines for suggesting that he allowed Tottenham to “self-destruct” in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ during the 2015-16 season.
This Monday, he defended his comment saying: “Even in the Premier League, I still smile at the first time I came across Roy Keane. He screamed at us for a corner and I’m sure it was a goal kick but because he screamed at us so loudly, I gave a corner. I was that petrified of him.”
“I probably lacked man management. I didn’t have management experience because I was still a young boy. I hadn’t had that employment background. I didn’t have any experience of dealing with people, managing people, saying the right thing at the right time.
“It’s only when I got older that I started to develop those skills. When you have those skills, you interact with adults better, players better. If you interact with players, they make your life easier. When they make your life easier, you become a good referee.”
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