Ex-Wigan Athletic star picks up unwanted honour

Top referee Mark Clattenburg has pinpointed a former Wigan Athletic star as being the worst diver he's come across in football.
Mark ClattenburgMark Clattenburg
Mark Clattenburg

Clattenburg, 45, took charge of 576 matches during his 17 years in a career that saw him reach FIFA status and officiate the Euro 2016 final.

But it's Latics' agonising play-off defeat at QPR in 2014 that comes to his mind first in terms of players trying to pull the wool over his eyes.

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"I had a big problem and it wound me up once, with James McClean," Clattenburg told Paddy Power.

"He was playing for Wigan against QPR in a play-off.

"Obviously, a play-off is a huge game and they were winning 1-0.

"He went to go around Rob Green, and I had a great position and I’ve seen him dive.

"As he went over, he’s looking for the penalty appeal for the penalty, and I gave him the yellow card for diving.

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"He just turned around to us and he said, ‘So what? I’m a winger. It’s only a yellow card'.

"But he said, 'If you give me a second yellow, you would have been killed'.

"He was right. If I’d given the penalty, I would have been crucified, and he only got a yellow card, and that used to wind me up as a ref.

"Because you think, hold on, there should be more punishment for diving, because it’s the worst thing in football.

"You know what, because he was a winger, he was laughing.

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"Because he was a winger, he was thinking I’m never going to get another f*****g second yellow card, because he’s stuck out on the wing."

* The full interview, on Paddy Power’s podcast 'From The Horse’s Mouth' is available at podfollow.com/horsesmouth

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