Mark Clattenburg explains why Gary Cahill’s red card was harsh
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Gary Cahill’s red card against Burnley was ‘harsh’.
Many people were split on whether the Chelsea captain deserved a yellow or red card for his lunge on Steven Defour in the club’s 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Offering an insight into the mind of a referee, Clattenburg explained that without the benefit of replays, all signs pointed to a straight red as Cahill lost control of the ball and then launched straight into a tackle.
“The referee will think he has gone in with his studs and has caught [Defour] because the player is holding his shin, so all the tell-tale signs will be that it’s a red card,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.
Having watched replays of the incident, though, Clattenburg spotted why it may have been the wrong decision.
“When you see the impact, it doesn’t add up to where he is holding his shin because the studs weren’t direct to the leg,” he said.
“They actually missed and when you watch Gary Cahill’s reaction at the end, he actually turns his foot to avoid contact with the studs, but also to defend the ball because he thinks Defour is going to clear the ball up; he turns his leg at the last minute to stop the pass going forward.
“That’s why I think it’s harsh, but I’ve had many replays to see it looks harsh.”
Mark Clattenburg was speaking to Georgie Bingham and Tony Cascarino on The Weekend Sports Breakfast (Every Saturday and Sunday from 7am)