Liverpool and Man City fans react to Clattenburg’s performance: ‘Bottled it’

Anfield

Referee Mark Clattenburg had an eventful afternoon at Anfield as he was in charge for the Premier League’s big clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Seemingly never short of drama, Mark Clattenburg was once again the man in the middle as Liverpool took on Manchester City in a pulsating top of the table clash at Anfield.

The hosts won the game 3-2 and took one huge step towards claiming that elusive Premier League crown, though Manchester City may feel aggrieved after a number of high-profile decisions.

After booking Luis Suarez for a late challenge early in the game, Clattenburg was left with a huge decision to make as the Uruguayan visibly dived in the second half, with City players quick to tell the referee of his antics.

Fortunately for Suarez, Clattenburg waved play-on where in most cases a yellow card would have been shown.

Luis Suarez was once again causing mayhem, and this time Clattenburg felt the frustrations of the home crowd as he failed to award a penalty as Vincent Kompany bundled over the striker – again waving play-on.

With the minutes ticking down, Martin Skrtel appeared to handle the ball in the area though surprisingly no Manchester City player appealed for a spot-kick.

One last major decision was to be made ad that was the straight red card to Jordan Henderson, an action which will now rule out the English midfielder for three of Liverpool’s remaining four games.

In an eventful match with some contentious decisions, the comments surrounding Mark Clattenburg’s performance on Twitter were as varied as his big calls yesterday.

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