Former ref Mark Clattenburg gives verdict on Man Utd penalty call vs Chelsea.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is astonished as Manchester United were not awarded a penalty at Stamford Bridge during their clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
The two Premier League heavyweights battled to a hard-fought 0-0 draw, with the game’s main talking point coming in the 15th minute.
Marcus Rashford’s free-kick was saved by Edouard Mendy, but it was the aftermath which caused controversy, as Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi looked to have handled in the box.
The Blues’ winger appeared to accidentally touch the ball with his hand, diverting it away from United forward Mason Greenwood in the process.
Match official Stuart Atwell missed the incident but was given the chance to review it on the pitchside monitor – only to conclude it was not a penalty.
“I am amazed Manchester United were not awarded a penalty in the first half for the clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi,” Clattenburg told The Mail.
“The Chelsea player’s arm was up in an unnatural position and the ball hit his hand.
“VAR Chris Kavanagh thought referee Stuart Attwell had missed a clear penalty so he gave him the opportunity to review it at his pitch-side monitor.
“How Attwell did not then point to the spot, having been shown the same angles that we were, is a mystery.”
Initially it looked as though Greenwood had nudged the ball away with his arm, only for replays to clearly show it was Hudson-Odoi who got the crucial touch.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was angry the decision did not go in his side’s favour when speaking after the match.
“It was a penalty. I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after noises were made about us getting penalties,” said Solskjaer.
“There is a point of managers influencing the referees. I trust the referees not to be influenced by it. But I was very surprised by this decision.
“From here you can see it’s a handball but you think it’s our player who has done it. They’re shouting it’s handball for our player but when you watch it on the video, it’s taken two points away from us.”
BBC pundit Alan Shearer was in agreement, but had sympathy for Atwell and his team.
“Under the current laws that is handball. The refs are so confused, they haven’t got a clue what is handball,” Shearer said on Match of the Day. “That is not being critical of referees, but critical of the system and what they are being asked to do.”