Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur


Good night

GB at 2016-05-02 22:25:06

Thanks to everyone who has followed this game on Twitter tonight, and this sums it up for me – well said Morten:

@youaretheref No matter how far Clattenburg gets in Euro, I don’t think he will get a more difficult match than this.


GB at 2016-05-02 22:22:46

Well where do I start after that one?

It was not always pretty to watch, but (with the exception of the challenge by Eric Dier which he got away with at the end) Mark Clattenburg’s handling of that game was definitely effective!

9 yellow cards for Tottenham, and 3 for Chelsea! And that was after a slow start!

There seemed to be no middle ground in this game, the temperature was either red hot or lukewarm. When it reached boiling point, it has to be said that I doubt there is another referee in England who could have been more composed and in control as Mark Clattenburg tonight. Talk about tempo management, watch that game through again and see how he did his best not to strangle the game, then consistently stepped in when discipline was required. He had some really big calls to make but never looked like he was ever going to lose control of it – even when everyone else around him was losing their head! He achieved this by his supreme fitness and reading of the game, and being so close to all the flash points.

We have not heard the end of this game yet though I am sure, with a nailed on charge coming Mousa Dembélé’s way for his scratching of Costa’s face, and it has to be conceded that the only blot on the referee’s copy book in this game is the fact that Eric Dier seemed to be a very lucky man to reach the end without having a chance to get the showers warmed up for everyone else! After already having been cautioned, he committed a dreadful reckless challenge with excessive force in the last minute which could easily have been a straight red in its own right! Such a shame, as until that minute, I think the referee was faultless. I know it was not pretty as I said above, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going and I expect it will be a very long time before Mark ever has a game as hard as that again or until we even see one as highly charged as that in the EPL.

Setting aside Dier at the end – I would have to say that was a brilliant performance! And in fairness, I’ll give him one in a game like that – just to prove that he is human if for nothing else.

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-05-02 21:58:48

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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Wednesday 4th May, Real Madrid v Manchester City – 7:45PM

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GB at 2016-05-02 21:57:46

Full Time

Chelsea 2 v 2 Spurs



GB at 2016-05-02 21:56:05


Yellow CardMousa Dembele (TH 19) reckless challenge

but WHAT HAPPENS TO Eric Dier (TH 15) – He really was lucky to get away with that dreadful challenge which could have been a red in its own right. Is this referee human after all?



GB at 2016-05-02 21:53:38


GB at 2016-05-02 21:52:21

@youaretheref seen Clattenburg ref over the last couple of weeks and credit where it’s due he’s been brilliant. Great game tonight.



GB at 2016-05-02 21:49:53

minimum of 6 added minutes to come


GB at 2016-05-02 21:49:23

This was always going to be tetchy right down to the wire and Clattenburg moved in so quickly to defuse the Eric Dier (TH 15) incident he clearly demonstarted his alertness and awareness.

Looking at the replay of Erik Lamela (TH 11) stepping on Cesc Fàbregas (C 4) I would not be surprised if we hear about that one again as well as none of the officials spotted it


GB at 2016-05-02 21:46:40

Once again, the officials look like the calmest men out there as it all comes to the boil again

Yellow CardEric Dier (TH 15)


GB at 2016-05-02 21:44:38

In the first half I mentioned a few times how the referee signals when he has seen a fair challenge and has made a decision to play on (not an advantage as no offence committed), the 2nd Chelsea goal started from just such an incident as Keane was fairly challenged. When you see this again you will see what excellent communication this is by the referee.


GB at 2016-05-02 21:42:19

GOAL! Eden Hazard (C 10)

Chelsea 2 v 2 Spurs


GB at 2016-05-02 21:40:54

FANTASTIC positioning by the referee there as he gave himself an angle as the play entered the penalty area from where he had 3 crucial decisions to make. I have said before on RefCam that top class officiating is not rocket science, just reading the game, fitness and man-management, which we have seen in spades tonight from Mark Clattenburg


GB at 2016-05-02 21:38:15

Rose needs to be careful -another deliberate silly little trip like that could lead to another yellow card. That said, I expect the referee to be working really hard from here on in to keep 11 v 11 out here having drawn this game so far back into his pocket


GB at 2016-05-02 21:34:28

as the game enters the last 15 minutes, positioning can go out of the window and proximity takes over. It will be important for Mark to be close to the play from here on in


GB at 2016-05-02 21:33:17

With so much else going on in this game, I have not mentioned the referees movement much tonight, but it is safe to say that it has been as fluid and positive as ever as he literally glides across the field of play


GB at 2016-05-02 21:30:40

Yellow CardChristian Eriksen (TH 23) – reckless challenge

The referee was way ahead of me then as two yellow cards in a minute reflects what I alluded to about not relaxing in this game!

Yellow CardBranislav Ivanovic (C 2) – reckless challenge


GB at 2016-05-02 21:28:35

With 20 minutes to go the worst thing for the officials is to get lulled into a false sense of security during these quieter periods as this game will still not need much to cause another flare up. The thing is that the officials will not want that to be a poor decision which causes it.


GB at 2016-05-02 21:25:22

clear deflection for a corner then – far too good a referee to miss that. What is the point of arguing?


GB at 2016-05-02 21:23:59

Substitutions change games – thats why they are made! Referees need to be alert to these changes and quickly work out what the players have been sent on to do, so they do not upset the more settles relationships between the players at the moment in this game.


GB at 2016-05-02 21:20:48

Clear deliberate hand ball – the ball was struck from so far away the player had ample time to get his arm out of the way


GB at 2016-05-02 21:19:45

Clattenburg right on the spot again to give the free kick in the centre circle


GB at 2016-05-02 21:18:17

Thinking back to the days before the Select Group, it is unthinkable that a referee could have been selected to referee this type of game having only done either team once or twice before in their careers. The respect which the referee earn now due to the familiarity which they build up with the players by refereeing them so often, clearly helps when things get heated like they did in the first half.


GB at 2016-05-02 21:17:39

GOAL!  Gary Cahill (C 24)

Chelsea 1 v 2 Spurs


GB at 2016-05-02 21:11:02

Yellow Card Erik Lamela (TH 11) the time for talking is well over by now – any challenges like that are going to be bread and butter for this referee now


GB at 2016-05-02 21:09:48

Great work by the referee then as he really tried to let the game flow as Kane was being held, then stopped it just at the right moment and allowed the quick free kick – he really is refereeing with so much confidence at the moment


GB at 2016-05-02 21:07:09

Half time probably came at just the right time as tempers rose at the end of the first term and has given everyone the opportunity to calm down


GB at 2016-05-02 21:04:29

Off we go again

GB at 2016-05-02 21:04:04

struggling to keep up with all the Tweets tonight – keep em coming:

@youaretheref i have always wanted to now what mark clattenburg writes his bookings down on to.



GB at 2016-05-02 21:01:54

Well no one expected this one to be for the faint-hearted, and it has not failed to deliver so far!

As far as the refereeing goes, Mark Clattenburg clearly used the slow-burner method and managed the opening exchanges consistently, but sooner or later it was going to end in tears before bed-time. Despite his efforts to calm the players, using his presence, body language, and even-handedness, the point at which his patience would run out always looked to be right on a knife edge.

As the challenges went from careless to reckless and could no longer be managed, then the referee needed to step in. And he did so.

The important thing to remember when things start to “kick-off” like they did in that last 10 minutes, is for the referee to maintain his composure and not disappoint when it comes to disciplinary sanctions. Tough game, but no question of any of these players actions being as a result of the referee’s actions – I know who I would want out in the second half to manage the rest of it anyway.

Replays of the Mousa Dembélé (TH 19) scratching of Costa, seem to show that Simon Beck may have had a good look at that, if so, I am surprised that he did not inform the referee before the play was restarted. You might think you are helping the referee by “not” telling him, but believe me, that is NEVER as it ends up. Assistants need to be big and brave as well!


GB at 2016-05-02 20:49:45

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GB at 2016-05-02 20:49:14

Half Time

Chelsea 0 v 2 Spurs


GB at 2016-05-02 20:48:29

Yellow Card Danny Rose (TH 3)

Yellow CardWillian (C 22)

Thats why we often talk about the area in front of the technical areas as being so important to control.

I don’t think we will have heard the last of the Mousa Dembélé (TH 19) scrach on Costa’s face. Spurs wont have many players left for their last two games at this rate


GB at 2016-05-02 20:45:02

GOAL!  Heung-Min Son (TH 7)

Chelsea 0 v 2 Spurs


GB at 2016-05-02 20:43:44

Thats more like it by Simon Beck – good off-side call


GB at 2016-05-02 20:43:03

The referee obviously asked the player then if he wanted 9.15 metre before the free kick was taken


GB at 2016-05-02 20:39:40

Costa really showing his colours then and Clattenburg did well to back off initially, before standing his ground ahead of the Yellow Card for Jan Vertonghen (TH 5) which was the stand out second reckless challenge by tugging on the shirt collar which was worthy of the second caution in the game


GB at 2016-05-02 20:36:03

GOAL! Harry Kane (TH 10)

Chelsea 0 v 1 Spurs

Excellent Not off-side decision by Jake Collin in the build up


GB at 2016-05-02 20:33:11

Now the players are becoming comfortable with the tolerance level which the referee has set for this game so far, they are much happier to accept a bit of physical contact between each other and just get on with the game.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:31:11

30 minutes gone and still the calmest man out there is the referee – Class act so far


GB at 2016-05-02 20:29:50

Reckless challenge Kyle Walker gets first yellow card. Consistency is the name of the game so far. The challenge which EVERYONE expects a caution is the time to break the duck tonight


GB at 2016-05-02 20:27:59

I just had another look at that off-side by Simon Beck, and I must say I am still as puzzled as Costa!

GB at 2016-05-02 20:25:41

Well done Jack – keep those signals there!

@youaretheref – love watching Mark Clattenburg such a great referee to aspire to. My mentor has said many of my signals mirror his.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:24:32

Once again did you see how the referee acknowledged the challenge on Keane just now? Much better than just ignoring it, even if you do not think it is a foul.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:23:08

As a couple of minutes go by without a careless challenge, it is worth reflecting upon how Clatenburg gave himself time to calm the players down and think about what he was going to say and how he was going to say it in the various examples of man-management demonstrated so far.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:19:44

The difference when I watch this referee in a game like this which is not going to take much to ignite by the look of it, is that he always gives the impression that he has a lot more gears to go through let in order to keep the lid on it


GB at 2016-05-02 20:17:56

Nice to see Jake Collin “communicating” with the players then


GB at 2016-05-02 20:17:09

As the tackles continue to fly in, I do not expect the referee’s patience to last much longer if the players are not going to respond to his words of wisdom


GB at 2016-05-02 20:16:06

Interesting how the referee moved across the line of players on the edge of the penalty area at that last free kick and reminded them about grappling just like an official reminds players to stay outside of the penalty area at the taking of a penalty


GB at 2016-05-02 20:14:10

Well managed again there by the referee as Rose gets his first (and final?) warning. Clatts experience used then to keep his tinder dry at this stage.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:12:50

just over 10 minutes gone and Mark is already showing that he is never going to be very far away from any incidents in this game as he is literally breathing down the players necks, but is still keeping out of their way


GB at 2016-05-02 20:11:26

Bit of a coming together therein the Spurs penalty area which the referee decides is within the level of physical contact he is prepared to allow in this game. The important thing for me was that Clattenburg acknowledged that he saw it to the players and “made a decision” – rather than just letting them think he missed it.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:09:03

First real opportunity for the referee to assert his authority and no surprise that he did not let it slip by as the players react petulantly towards each other.

I am not sure any of the officials noticed Fàbregas have a little flick out with his boot before that coming together though. This could be a tasty one.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:05:49

For all you referees out there looking for promotion next season now, I suggest that you study this referee’s signals and attempt to copy them in your games


GB at 2016-05-02 20:04:41

That first foul in the game can often be the most important for a referee whether it is in the first or 15th minute, as it sets the seal on how much physical contact the official is prepared to allow


GB at 2016-05-02 20:03:08

The referee did not like how that little knock of the ball looked so he just thought he needed to let everyone know where his tolerance level will be tonight.

This was followed by another careless foul managed in a consistent manner

GB at 2016-05-02 20:01:02

AR1: Simon Beck (SB) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2016-05-02 20:00:14

Tottenham Hotspur won the toss and decided to change ends, so it will be Chelsea to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2016-05-02 19:55:06

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2016-05-02 19:52:33

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (MC)

AR1: Simon Beck (SB)

AR2: Jake Collin (JC)

4th Official: Andre Mariner (AM)

Mark Clattenburg

Mark Clattenburg should be walking out into the Lion’s Den on Cloud 9 today, on the back of one of the best performances witnessed by an English referee in Europe for a long time in the Champions League Semi-final on Wednesday ( A great night for English Refereeing! ), followed by the richly deserved accolade of being appointed FA Cup Final Referee for this season’s show-case event the next day!

Much has been said in these pages about this man’s consistency and composure in setting the standards which every referee in this country should be looking to aspire to, and knowing the consummate professional this guy is, I am really looking forward to another master class today from a top officials who will have his feet firmly on the ground, and be totally focussed on the job in hand this evening.

I am pleased to see that Mark has got his trusted crew with him again today, who also all passed muster in Spain last week. Simon Beck runs out for the 22nd of Mark’s 28 BPL appointments this season, and Jake Collin completes the team for the 16th time out together. I could fully see the logic of ringing the changes occasionally for various reasons this season, but the most important thing for these officials now is to get back into the grove of working together ahead of their participation in the European Championships in France in June.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-05-02 19:49:35




Asmir Begovic (C 1)

Branislav Ivanovic (C 2)

Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

Mikel John Obi (C 12)

Pedro (C 17)

Diego Costa (C 19)

Nemanja Matic (C 21)

Willian (C 22)

Gary Cahill (C 24)

John Terry (C 26)

César Azpilicueta (C 28)


Nathan Aké (C 6)

Oscar (C 8)

Eden Hazard (C 10)

Andre Schürrle (C 14)

Kenedy (C 16)

Marco Amelia (C 32)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (C 36)

Jake Clarke-Salter (C 37)

Tottenham Hotspur



Hugo Lloris (TH 1)

Kyle Walker (TH 2)

Danny Rose (TH 3)

Toby Alderweireld (TH 4)

Jan Vertonghen (TH 5)

Heung-Min Son (TH 7)

Harry Kane (TH 10)

Erik Lamela (TH 11)

Eric Dier (TH 15)

Mousa Dembélé (TH 19)

Christian Eriksen (TH 23)


Ryan Mason  (TH 8)

Michel Vorm (TH 13)

Clinton N’Jie (TH 14)

Nacer Chadli (TH 22)

Kevin Wimmer (TH 27)

Tommy Carroll (TH 28)

Ben Davies (TH 33)


GB at 2016-05-02 19:45:59

London derbies have always been full of passion and pride whichever teams are involved, and this one has rarely failed to deliver a battle royal over the years, although it has to be said that it has been rather one-way-traffic at Stamford Bridge lately, with the Blues handing out a number of spankings to the Lilywhites on their own cabbage patch! In fact, Chelsea have not lost a top-flight home match against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990, winning 17 and drawing eight of their 25 meetings at Stamford Bridge since.

Spurs have lost 25 BPL matches against Chelsea, only against Manchester United (31) have they suffered more in the competition.

Today could be different though, as Spurs have lost only one of their last 10 BPL London derbies (W5 D4 L1) and should Harry Kane score twice, he would become the eighth quickest player in BPL history to reach 50 goals (in his 84th appearance).

So the stage is set for what should be a really entertaining game as the away team attempt to cement automatic qualification into next seasons Champions League against a team who only have their pride left to play for (plus a bit of local rivalry of course!)


GB at 2016-05-02 19:44:55

Welcome to this evening’s RefCam coverage of the premier League game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

So here we go then. Is this the game which will decide who will be the Premier League Champions this season, or will it just put off the inevitable until next weekend? Tell us what you think on Twitter @youaretheref

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