Mark Clattenburg Once Resisted Urge to Send Off Leicester Player to Aid Foxes in Winning League

Mark Clattenburg Once Resisted Urge to Send Off Leicester Player to Aid Foxes in Winning League

  • Leicester City shocked the world in 2016 by winning the English Premier League title
  • The Foxes escaped relegation the season before and won under coach Claudio Ranieri
  • A member of the winning squad has revealed a refereeing decision may have helped

The 2015/16 Premier League season will forever remain a remarkable one. It was the term when Leicester City won the Premier League title for the first and only time in their history.

The Foxes, almost relegated in the previous season, parted ways with head coach, Nigel Pearson and appointed former Chelsea coach, Claudio Ranieri, who masterminded the triumph.

Danny Simpson, Mark Clattenburg, Premier League, Leicester City.
Former Leicester City defender Danny Simpson claims Mark Clattenburg refused to send off a player in 2016 because he want the team to win the title. Photos by David Rogers/Shaun Botterill.
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Only three of the winning squad are still at the club: Jamie Vardy, Daniel Amartey, and Marc Albrighton. Others have moved on, retired, and there are even some without a club.

Simpson reveals Clattenburg Leicester 'assist'

Title-winning defender, Danny Simpson left the King Power Stadium at the end of the 2018/19 season, three years after winning the title, as reported by Sky Sports.

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The 36-year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Bristol City in 2022, has made an important revelation about a former referee in the Under the Cosh podcast.

"I remember Clattenburg, mate. Wow. I think he should've sent someone off. He said something like, 'I should've sent you off there, but I want youse to win it.' Mate that was mad. That was mad you know, I swear to God. Good job there's no VAR," he said.

Simpson admitted he pretended not to have heard the official.

"I was laughing off inside and I thought, 'Yeah, we're doing this.' I think it was Drinky [Danny Drinkwater] actually. It was his second yellow or something and he could've easily sent him off but he didn't,'' he added.

As revealed by Sun UK, Clattenburg officiated four Leicester games that season of which they won three and drew one. The Foxes won the title with a 10-point advantage over Arsenal and the alleged referee gaffe would likely not have influenced the outcome.

A few months after Leicester won the title, the controversial referee left the Premier League job for Saudi Arabia in 2017, as reported by Bleacher Report.

Clattenburg: I won't forgive Mikel

Clattenburg was a source of many controversial incidents during his time in England, Sports Brief has reported.

In 2014, former Nigerian international, Mikel Obi and the referee clashed over serious allegations of racial abuse.

The FA found no evidence of such and Clattenburg famously stated he would never forgive Obi for his claim.

Source: Sports Brief News