Pochettino: No problem if Clattenburg referees Saints

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

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Saints would have no problem if referee Mark Clattenburg was selected to take charge of another of their matches in the near future, according to Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Saints complained to both the refereeing body the PGMOL and the FA over comments Clattenburg allegedly made to Adam Lallana after failing to award a late penalty in the defeat at Everton. Both bodies ruled in favour of Clattenburg but the resulting furore has made it difficult to envisage the official being handed another Saints game any time soon.

However, Saints boss Pochettino, speaking for the first time about the complaints, insisted he had no problem with the referee taking charge of his club again.

“It would not be a problem if we had Mark Clattenburg again refereeing us,” he said.

“We would try to help as much as we can. We know refereeing is a very tough job that demands a lot and we try to have a very good relationship with him, a very impartial game and a very fair game which is what we all want from this game.”

He added: “For me the matter was over a long time ago.

“Now we need to look to the future and help referees as much as we can.

“I take full responsibility for what I said about that game but I think now it is time not to dwell on it, we get over it and we have to focus on the future.

“If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again we will try to make things as easy as possible because we know it’s a tough job.”

Though it was the club rather than the player that made the formal complaints, Lallana himself has been the subject of criticism from sections of the media and the footballing public.

But Pochettino says the midfielder has taken it all in his stride and moved on.

“The whole matter with Clattenburg has been forgotten and it hasn’t affected him at all,” he reported.

“Adam is a very strong player mentally so he has completely forgotten.

“I think sportsmen in general quickly forget about things such as these and referees as well are also sportsmen and they forget about it as well so it’s in the past, it’s history.

“Our main focus right now is to learn from it.

“We are fully aware to be a referee is very tough, it’s a very demanding job, but we also have the right to complain whenever we feel we have been hard done by in certain situations.”

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8:26am Fri 10 Jan 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Nice one, point made. We move on. So why am I commenting on this piece? What else is there to talk about?
Nice one, point made. We move on. So why am I commenting on this piece? What else is there to talk about? Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
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8:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

miltonarcher says...

We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.
We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on. miltonarcher
  • Score: -12

8:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

apparantly he drinks in the King Alfred before Saints games
apparantly he drinks in the King Alfred before Saints games worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: -3

8:47am Fri 10 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

"If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again...", mmm,that's a very telling piece of the statement!
"If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again...", mmm,that's a very telling piece of the statement! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

9:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

St Retford says...

The thing with Clattenberg is that underneath he’s really nice. I mean, he’s a bit chequered but I think anyone would like him. The trouble is that he’s got this exterior layer that people either really like or else get really turned off by. I mean – oh, hang on a minute. I’m thinking about battenberg, aren’t I?

As you were…
The thing with Clattenberg is that underneath he’s really nice. I mean, he’s a bit chequered but I think anyone would like him. The trouble is that he’s got this exterior layer that people either really like or else get really turned off by. I mean – oh, hang on a minute. I’m thinking about battenberg, aren’t I? As you were… St Retford
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9:17am Fri 10 Jan 14

Dave Juson says...

miltonarcher wrote:
We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.
We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.[/p][/quote]We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh. Dave Juson
  • Score: -7

9:25am Fri 10 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Dave Juson wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.
We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh.
Was it!!!???
[quote][p][bold]Dave Juson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.[/p][/quote]We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh.[/p][/quote]Was it!!!??? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

9:26am Fri 10 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

Why do Journalists HAVE to change what people say?

This isn’t an attack on the DE but it seems that it is general journalistic style to change what people say.

“….It would not be a problem”
“….If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again we will try to make things as easy as possible”

What MP is saying expresses sympathy for Clattenburg and expressing Saints desire not make it a huge problem but Clattenburg would about as “welcome” at Saint Marys as Steve Claridge at the Northam Social
Why do Journalists HAVE to change what people say? This isn’t an attack on the DE but it seems that it is general journalistic style to change what people say. “….It would not be a problem” “….If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again we will try to make things as easy as possible” What MP is saying expresses sympathy for Clattenburg and expressing Saints desire not make it a huge problem but Clattenburg would about as “welcome” at Saint Marys as Steve Claridge at the Northam Social Jesus_02
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9:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

I think it would be a good idea to help him as much as possible too. We could start by explaining to him that a ball clearly striking a raised arm inside the penalty box is a penalty. This is also a good move by the club. If he gets us again he will have to be on his best behaviour. Another biassed decision or non decision against us and it will be big headlines the following day.
I think it would be a good idea to help him as much as possible too. We could start by explaining to him that a ball clearly striking a raised arm inside the penalty box is a penalty. This is also a good move by the club. If he gets us again he will have to be on his best behaviour. Another biassed decision or non decision against us and it will be big headlines the following day. Clever Dick
  • Score: 5

9:45am Fri 10 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

miltonarcher wrote:
We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.
I disagree, Rodgers criticised a Referee and has been fined £8,000, Moyes is in deep do-do's and is likely to be fined or banned even, we politely asked a Referee to be investigated, we made a bit of a fuss, we walked away having made the point, who exactly is laughing at who? I have no problem with Clottenburk coming back, in fact the Arsenal game would be more interesting if he Officiated it, imagine Wengers response if Clot was his usual incompetent self and awarded us a controversial winning penalty (unlikely I know), in Fergie time now that would be prime time.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.[/p][/quote]I disagree, Rodgers criticised a Referee and has been fined £8,000, Moyes is in deep do-do's and is likely to be fined or banned even, we politely asked a Referee to be investigated, we made a bit of a fuss, we walked away having made the point, who exactly is laughing at who? I have no problem with Clottenburk coming back, in fact the Arsenal game would be more interesting if he Officiated it, imagine Wengers response if Clot was his usual incompetent self and awarded us a controversial winning penalty (unlikely I know), in Fergie time now that would be prime time. OSPREYSAINT
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9:49am Fri 10 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Dave Juson wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.
We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh.
I don't think some of our posters understand irony, hence the thumbs down.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Juson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: We are a laughing stock over this, let's move on.[/p][/quote]We appear to be a laughing stock on a pretty regular basis. The Academy was a standing joke a little over five years ago. Let 'em laugh.[/p][/quote]I don't think some of our posters understand irony, hence the thumbs down. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:59am Fri 10 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

I really don't think NC gives a monkeys about the press and their opinions of our club. He's clearly far more astute than the dinosaurs at the FA and has found a way to get his point across without giving them the satisfaction of issuing a fine. Give him some time and he'll make them look the fools they are.
I really don't think NC gives a monkeys about the press and their opinions of our club. He's clearly far more astute than the dinosaurs at the FA and has found a way to get his point across without giving them the satisfaction of issuing a fine. Give him some time and he'll make them look the fools they are. Clever Dick
  • Score: 8

10:42am Fri 10 Jan 14

IanRC5 says...

Clattenberg s performance at Everton was at best inept and at worst strongly favored Everton, a disgrace.
Clattenberg s performance at Everton was at best inept and at worst strongly favored Everton, a disgrace. IanRC5
  • Score: 4

10:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Clutzenbugger is welcome back any time...not.
Clutzenbugger is welcome back any time...not. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

I dread it every time he officiates. He seems to have a record with poor decisions against us

Re Steve Claridge, unpopular view maybe, but I quite like him as a pundit
I dread it every time he officiates. He seems to have a record with poor decisions against us Re Steve Claridge, unpopular view maybe, but I quite like him as a pundit There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
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3:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

SO50 Saint says...

Worst ref ther is in my opinion. I read somewhere the other day that perhaps this attack by SFC on referees wasn't just based on the shocking performance of Clattenburg at Everton but more so at the way we are treated to awful officials on a near game by game basis at present
Worst ref ther is in my opinion. I read somewhere the other day that perhaps this attack by SFC on referees wasn't just based on the shocking performance of Clattenburg at Everton but more so at the way we are treated to awful officials on a near game by game basis at present SO50 Saint
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

florida saint says...

move away from this bullsh it. football please, u t s
move away from this bullsh it. football please, u t s florida saint
  • Score: -1

4:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.
I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all. bigfella777
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.
You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.[/p][/quote]You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.
You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak?
I can see the people who are booing, it's the same idiots who booed Rupert Lowe in his certain type of hat and Jan Poortvliet.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.[/p][/quote]You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak?[/p][/quote]I can see the people who are booing, it's the same idiots who booed Rupert Lowe in his certain type of hat and Jan Poortvliet. bigfella777
  • Score: -2

7:53pm Fri 10 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.
You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak?
I can see the people who are booing, it's the same idiots who booed Rupert Lowe in his certain type of hat and Jan Poortvliet.
Ah! I see, you can see them, but you can't hear them right? A lot of the good guys that booed the Duckhunter are sadly pushing up the daisies, you are talking tosh.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I can't see the Northam thickheads booing him at all.[/p][/quote]You never can see booing, or are you some kind of alien freak?[/p][/quote]I can see the people who are booing, it's the same idiots who booed Rupert Lowe in his certain type of hat and Jan Poortvliet.[/p][/quote]Ah! I see, you can see them, but you can't hear them right? A lot of the good guys that booed the Duckhunter are sadly pushing up the daisies, you are talking tosh. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

10:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Burt HInkler says...

David Bick of Square 1 consulting = SCUM
David Bick of Square 1 consulting = SCUM Burt HInkler
  • Score: 0

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