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Poll Result: Mark Clattenburg Receives Top Marks

Following on from Manchester City's 3-0 home defeat against Arsenal at the weekend we at VMC asked via our front page poll...

How did you rate referee Mark Clattenburg's performance on Sunday?

Here is the result, in descending order:

Five - 49%
Zero - 35%
Four - 6%
Two - 4%
One - 4%
Three - 2%

'Controversy follows referee Mark Clattenburg around because he is such a stickler for the rules, and unfortunately City were the unlucky party this time,' wrote Gary Owen in his MEN column.

'If the letter of the law is so sacred, where was it when William Gallas stuck out a boot at Tom Huddlestone's goalbound shot last week or when Yakubu did the same to Mikel Arteta's shot against Liverpool?'

Read more of Gary's article here.

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Shay Given playing 90 minutes against Wolves on Saturday are best described as what?

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 26 2010

Time: 8:11PM

Your Comments

5 From me, Very good game clattenburg one of few who are not scared to give the right decision on the right occasion...Definately a red card and a top decision from the referee. If only we had you in the carling cup final last year.
P.Avfc
I thought Chamakh had lost control of the ball TBH, he had a heavy touch straight to Joe Hart before Boyata slid in, so there is an argument that it wasnt a goal scoring opportunity. Regardless, it was a careless tackle and Boyata will hopefully be more cautious in future. If you dont make mistakes, you dont learn. All in all, a good lesson for the team, and to all those who say City are just a bunch of mercenaries - watch that game. Spirited performance and 100% effort.
eighthsin
Yeah, and he got top marks from Sir Elmer when he reffed our game and unfortunately just missed Roy Carroll unpicking and retrieving the ball from the back of the net, which doesn't qualify as a goal at Old Trafford anyway.
lordjohnny
Tw@ttenberg is definitely a rag and has United vs. Spurs this weekend. I await Redknapp's furious post-match interview.
StuMCFC
Tw@ttenberg did nothing wrong in your game stu...You are one of few who cant take a defeat very well.
P.Avfc
I accept defeat and we deserved to lose, have said it before and will not say it again. However, Tw@ttenberg is still a horrendous referee though who constantly makes himself the centre of attention and thrives on it. Ask Spurs fans about his ability (be sure to mention the name Roy Carrol to give them the contest they need). He is a parasite and proven to be a corrupt person outside of football. Some light reading for your obsessive little mind: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1091734/EXCLUSIVE-Banned-ref-Clattenburg-close-final-whistle-secret-meeting-discussion.html
StuMCFC
I really couldnt care less what and what he hasn't done in previous games, everyone makes mistakes but he had a great game with city and arsenal.I think the person with the obsessive little mind is you, fascinated on how bad a referee clattenburg is.
P.Avfc
I just read this, and it's completely true - "It couldn't last. City had already benefited from an erroneous offside flag to deny Andrei Arshavin a clear run on goal before Mark Clattenburg's decision to dismiss Dedryck Boyata ended a run of seven dubious decisions in a row being made in their favour. A warped sense of entitlement fed by his team's good fortune enjoyed against Blackpool and Newcastle can be the only explanation for Roberto Mancini's criticism of the decision. "I do not agree with the referee on the sending-off," the Italian complained. Yet rather than bemoan officialdom, the City manager should ask questions of his own team. The illegitimate denial of Arshavin from Cesc Fabregas' through ball ought to have served as a warning but the Arsenal captain was still afforded time and space just ahead of City's back four three minutes later to create Boyata's dismissal. City will believe that they could have beaten Arsenal in an XI v XI fixture, but in the five minutes when the game was numerically level, the visitors had already carved their hosts open twice." @ City Fans - Very, very little wrong with the refereeing in that game, all of you who are complaining shut up. Where you got this idea you were cheated out of that game, i have no idea. You were beaten because we were better and your players made silly mistakes. NO-OTHER-REASON.
FuiKaka
"but in the five minutes when the game was numerically level, the visitors had already carved their hosts open twice." And we hadn't done the same? It promised to be an end to end match. Speaking of "blinkers", that article. Are we forgetting the cross by Tevez and back heel (and subsequent good save) by Silva in the 2nd minute? And Micah Richard's bursting run in the 4th minute, let down only by bad decision making with his cross?
StuMCFC
Why are you shouting shut up at people Fuikaka? not very mannerly is it? Have Arsenal fans never bemoaned a refereeing performance? City were lucky up to now were they? Nothing to do with the extra quality they have in their side then?
Bluedub
Bluedub - I have never bemoaned a refereeing performance when there was very, very little wrong with it. The only people who agree with ManCity fans? ManCity fans. Arsenal aren't a very-well liked team, that's fine, but when we have Spurs and Chelsea fans agreeing with us that says something. I just fail to believe why you think you were so robbed? It was bad decision making on behalf of your players, not the referee. @StuMCFC - Nowhere in that article does it deny that the game was end-to-end, but that is not the point of it. The point made by every other fan (and probably most sensible City fans) is that there was very little wrong with the refereeing, and the major decisions made. Lose graciously, don't blame Clattenburg, blame your team.
FuiKaka
I never said we were robbed Fuikaka. I'm just saying that article that your suggesting is so true, is in fact a load of bollox as far as the "seven dubious decisions" bit is concerned or the suggestion that Arsenal were going to carve City open at will based on just 5 mins. Simple fact is Boyata was sent off for a silly tackle that he needn't have made, the game as a contest was affected after that. A bit of perspective is needed, Arsenal played well, but who knows what would have happened had Boyata not made that challenge?
bluedub
 

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