Former EPL top ref Mark Clattenburg gives his verdict on Maguire-Batshuayi controversy

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg refereed in the Premier League for 13 years before leaving the Premier League in 2017 for Asia.

Clattenburg was a top ref in the game and had offictaed in the final of both the UEFA Champions League 2016 and Euro 2016 final.

The former Premier League ref has given his verdict o the controversial Harry Maguire-Michy Batshuayi incident at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Clattenburg was not pleased with match official Anthony Taylor for failing to consult his pitch monitor which would have resulted in a red card for Harry Maguire.

Speaking after Man United’s 2-0 win at Chelsea, the former Premier League referee told the Daily Mail: “Maguire should not have been on the pitch after his earlier kick-out at Batshuayi.

“Replays showed the United defender made a clear second movement towards Batshuayi which he could have avoided. He made a stamping motion into Batshuayi’s groin and should have seen red.

“VAR looked at this but did not deem it a clear error by referee Anthony Taylor, and this is where the inconsistencies lie.

“Taylor missed the challenge by Maguire, but had he gone to his pitch-side monitor, I’m sure he would have sent him off.”

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