Mark Clattenburg has criticised a controversial Liverpool winner at Nottingham Forest
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Clattenburg criticises controversial Liverpool winner at Forest

Former Premier League referee and Nottingham Forest referee analyst Mark Clattenburg has criticised the officiating in the build-up to Liverpool’s late winner at the City Ground on Saturday.

Clattenburg, who refereed in the Premier League for 13 years until 2017 and has also officiated Champions League and European Championship finals, has hit out at the decision of Paul Tierney to restart the game with Liverpool in possession, just one minute and 50 seconds before Darwin Nunez headed in a 99th minute winner.

 

Tierney had paused the game due to a head injury to Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate, though mistakenly restarted the game with Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, despite Forest being in possession of the ball at the pause.

Clattenburg, who took up a role with Nottingham Forest last month as referee analyst, has said Forest want answers from the officials after a mistake which contributed to the struggling side dropping points late on.

“[Forest] should have had the ball back,” Clattenburg, who took up his new role at the City Ground last month, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If the referee stops the game, he has to give the ball back to the team in possession. That was Forest.

“When [the ball was] given to the keeper, with Liverpool scoring afterwards, you can see why [Forest] are aggrieved.

 

“I haven’t spoken to the referee – I’ll leave that to the club. I went to go into the referee’s dressing room [after the game] but he wouldn’t allow it.”

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