Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed a furious dressing room bust-up with Jose Mourinho convinced him it was time to hang up his whistle.
The incident took place during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City back in 2017, when Wayne Rooney’s stoppage time goal secured a late point for the visitors to the Britannia Stadium.
Rooney’s stunning free-kick also saw him overtake Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s record goalscorer, but Mourinho’s mood was far from a celebratory one.
Mourinho was particularly annoyed about the match official’s failure to penalise Ryan Shawcross for a perceived handball that would have seen United awarded a penalty.
Clattenburg was convinced he made the correct decision upon watching the incident back on TV but Mourinho refused to relent, resulting in a stormy encounter.
In an extract from his autobiography ‘Whistle Blower’ published in the Daily Mail, Clattenburg revealed: ‘It was not long after full-time when there was a knock at my dressing room door and United manager Jose Mourinho came in. I was just taking my boots off.
”You must be happy this time,’ I said. ‘You can’t blame me for that draw, can you?’
”I can,’ he said.’
”What you on about?’ I said. ‘I got that right, I know I did.”
”No. I’ve seen the video. You were wrong.’ He was going on and on. Shut up man, will you?
‘I picked up my boot and launched it against the wall next to him.
”F***ing get out of my dressing room. Get out!”
‘Mourinho froze. I lost it with him. I did not give a s*** anymore. He did not know what to say. I was so fed up with all of the ridiculous mind games.
‘I drove home while going over and over the Shawcross incident. I watched it on Match of the Day and I was right, the ball hit him flush on the chest. So why was Mourinho playing funny buggers with me?
‘I went to bed that night and I knew I’d had enough. ‘You know what,’ I thought, ‘I can’t be bothered with idiots like that anymore.”
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