CLATTENBURG FINALLY EXPLAINS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED BETWEEN CHELSEA AND TOTTENHAM IN THE BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE

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Chelsea and Tottenham played a 2-2 draw on May 2 2016, in the 2015/16 campaign as Leicester City went on to win league.

Referee Mark Clattenburg was in charge of that game that saw tempers fly and Chelsea came back from two goals down to draw the game.

Clattenburg has sensationally claimed that he ‘allowed’ Spurs to throw away their Premier League title chances in that game as Mauricio Pochettino’s men needed a victory at Stamford Bridge to have any chance of beating Leicester City to the 2015/16 title.

The game which was themed the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ saw Spurs receive 9 yellow cards and Chelsea three, with tempers and tackles flying all over.

Clattenburg told NBC’s Men in Blazers podcast: “I allowed them [Spurs] to self-destruct so all the media, all the people in the world went: ‘Tottenham lost the title.’

“If I sent three players off from Tottenham, what are the headlines? ‘Clattenburg cost Tottenham the title.’

“It was pure theatre that Tottenham self-destructed against Chelsea and Leicester won the title.”

Asked if he helped ‘script’ the match, Clattenburg replied: “I helped the game.

“I certainly benefited the game by my style of refereeing.

“Some referees would have played by the book; Tottenham would have been down to seven or eight players and probably lost and they would’ve been looking for an excuse.

“But I didn’t give them an excuse, because my gameplan was: Let them lose the title.”

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