Mark Clattenburg has been discussing the Premier League action from the weekend.
The Newcastle fan and former Premier League referee looking in particular at a host of key red card decisions in matches.
Nowhere more so than the Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0 game.
Now based in Saudi Arabia after leaving the English top tier in 2017, Mark Clattenburg believes that referee Craig Pawson got one major decision right at Cardiff, but two others he failed on.
The former PL ref believing that Pawson missed ‘obvious reds’ with Kenedy and Harry Arter.
When taking out Joselu, Clattenburg says it was a ‘cynical foul to stop a break, but it was excessive force and should have seen red.’
Whilst with Kenedy’s lashing out in the first half, he says ‘Pawson needs to improve his detection’ after missing an incident which happened right in front of him.
As he says, the referee obviously totally missed that Kenedy incident, and I’m surprised nothing has been said about the two linesmen. It happened in the middle of the pitch and was so obvious, surely at least one of them, though probably both, must have seen what happened.
The strange thing was though that Craig Pawson then blew for a free-kick when he realised the Cardiff player had been knocked to the ground and gave the home side the free-kick. If he now claims to not have seen the incident and Kenedy is retrospectively punished, surely Pawson would then be admitting that he is making decisions purely on guess work.
Mark Clattenburg talking to The Mail:
“Craig Pawson got one red card right during the goalless draw between Cardiff and Newcastle but he missed two others.
“His decision to dismiss Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden was correct – and a good call – but I was very surprised he did not send off Harry Arter and Kenedy for violent conduct.
“Both players kicked their opponents, Newcastle’s Kenedy in an off-the-ball incident which Pawson has obviously failed to see, while Cardiff’s Arter was a cynical foul to stop a break, but it was excessive force and should have seen red.
“Pawson needs to improve his detection of these bad challenges if he is to be considered for the top international matches.
“He got the Phil Jagielka red-card decision correct last weekend, but you can’t miss obvious reds such as Kenedy and Arter.”