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EPL Clattenberg response

By David Moore :  24/10/2007 :  Comments (18) :
Like many of you I sent off an e-mail to the Premier League to show them my disgust at Mr Clattenberg's performance. This is the response I got.
Dear David

Thank you for your email regarding the referee's performance at the weekend fixture. We are sorry that you were disappointed with the performance in that match.

There is not a formal mechanism for individuals to complain about referees' performances and decisions. However, I thought it would be helpful for you to know the process undertaken by the Professional Games Match Officials, the body which employs all the referees, to monitor, scrutinise and improve the referees performances throughout the season.

Please be assured that the performance of the referee in this fixture, together with all performances by the Select Group Referees, will be reviewed with him in detail in a number of different ways. There is constant monitoring of referees' performances, with a view to improving their performance from week to week. Referees are given both positive feedback and are appropriately criticised if it is felt that decisions were wrong.

The referee's technical performance in a match is assessed by the Independent Assessor, and their overall handling of the match is reported on by an Independent Match Delegate, who is often a former player, manager or coach. These reports focus on the referee's fitness, his control of the match, the way that he deals with key incidents as well as the way he communicates his decisions. These reports are shared with the referees on both a formal and informal basis. The aim is to help the referee to improve his performance, taking into account the scrutiny of each performance.

There are a range of tools available to help referees, including coaching, fortnightly feedback sessions and technology. In addition, the Select Group of Referees meet on a fortnightly basis, giving all the referees an opportunity to communicate and discuss issues of concern and ensure a greater consistency of performance.

The aim of the Professional Game Match Officials is to help referees to improve their performance from week to week.

I do hope the above helps clarify how we are constantly trying to improve and maintain standards of refereeing.

Thank you for taking the time to make us aware of your views.

Kind regards,

Communications Team

I was really surprised to get the response even if it is just a copied one used for a one size fits all response. I think it shows that thre must have been numerous e-mails for them to respond. So well done all we made the barsteads open their eyes.

ps: I re-emailed them and asked them to pass on my email to the relevent person. They again replied and said they had.

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Dave Roberts
1   Posted 24/10/2007 at 15:58:37

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So when the does the bastard get sacked then? It is nice to get replies from these big organizations, it makes you feel all rosy and enabled. But really we are all pale and powerless. The fact is, Mr Cackenberg will be out refereeing in the Premiership as soon as he gets back from his holiday, we still got fucking robbed and nothing will change. So what’s new?
John Welsby
2   Posted 24/10/2007 at 16:15:25

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The pain hasn?t lessened even 4 days on

He totally bottled that match and genuinely isn?t fit to referee EPL matches
Daniel Lim
3   Posted 24/10/2007 at 16:35:28

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I emailed them on Monday and I got exactly the same reply today.
I will wait for the final verdict to come out before I say anything positive about them. For me, at least at the moment, this is just a PR thing. They should be really worried about further bad publicity.
Nel Manning
4   Posted 24/10/2007 at 17:15:38

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I wonder how many letters of congratulation thet got from liverpool fans?
Brian Finnigan
5   Posted 24/10/2007 at 18:03:27

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I notice that the Communications Team made no mention of sending gormless Refs. to Specsavers.
Steve Stallwood
6   Posted 23/10/2007 at 10:25:40

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Clattenburg performance at the derby ? A Yes vote:

Inept - Yes
Overawed - Yes
Intimidated - Yes
Flawed - Yes
Mistaken - Yes
Professional - No
Biased - Probably
Corrupt - Possibly


7   Posted 24/10/2007 at 22:26:50

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Just letting everybody know our favourite red Hyppia scored another own goal tonight as the red shite lost. Clatters musn’t have been there to cheat
Kevin C
8   Posted 25/10/2007 at 01:19:44

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Well... As you can see from last nights Champions League game... without the referees’ help Liverpool can’t win an honest game. Seriously.

Gavin G
9   Posted 25/10/2007 at 03:04:35

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Agreed!!!! The Red Shite can’t win without the 12th man on the pitch...

Multi-million team of LOSERS!!!!!

patty bee
10   Posted 25/10/2007 at 08:39:31

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The scoreline of 2 - 1 was rather ironic wasn’t it/ Thank you God - how I enjoyed seeing their misery. Hope they go out now but knowing those jammy bastards they probably won’t.

11   Posted 25/10/2007 at 08:48:02

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I got the same email in response to my complaint - exactly word-for-word! Its a standard template that they send to every fan who complains about a referee.

However, I want to see action from Hackett - he must have the 3 reports by now.

We are waiting ... a 1-to-3 match ban for ’Clottenburg’ is justified. Hit him where it hurts - his reputation! Loss of match fees is insignificant compared to what he makes from "other sources".

Justice must be seen to be done.
Shaun Brennan
12   Posted 25/10/2007 at 08:56:57

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That reply was piss poor and inteded to fob you off.
Louis Huglin
13   Posted 25/10/2007 at 10:11:07

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I just got exactly the same response to my letter - only difference being Dear Louis at the beginning. Shameless. I bet they don’t even read the letters, its just "Oh, another ref complaint, send back the generic wishy-washy-not-much- can-be-done-but-thank you-for-your-comments" reply.
Erin Kane
14   Posted 25/10/2007 at 12:06:53

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Hope clatterburk is enjoying his little holiday in bournemouth our wherever the slag is.

reading last nights reports about his favorite teams faliure last night no doubt. How you feeling now mark?

Whats the betting he takes charge of the shites last three group matches, and a lazarus type comeback happens. - But he wont. And they wont.

What goes around comes around. Enough of that C@#T , and the red shite, I cant wait for tonights match on five.

we have the incentive now to do something. Saturday is water under the bridge.

the red shite will not win anything this year. WE CAN! - It starts tonight. EFC 1878
Neil Pearse
15   Posted 25/10/2007 at 12:34:16

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Got exactly the same response. Plus a more customised response from Hackett, which said my view of the incidents in question was "blinkered" (so what was Clattenberg’s? blind?).

Nothing means anything until he is banned at least for a number of games. Seems like the Reds still rule at the top levels of the game.
Michael Brien
16   Posted 29/10/2007 at 13:42:31

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Suggest that we create a special award from Evertonians for inept referees - a good name for it could be The Clive Thomas Award. Interesting to note that over the years how many times we have had absolutely no luck against Liverpool.
Of course they will get back at us with taunts of "Moaning Evertonians".Can I also suggest a good reply to that is to say one word back - "Heysal" ( Sorry if I got the spelling wrong)
Can you imagine any other club being penalised so lightly for what happened back in 1985 ?I wonder have they ever apologised to the other English clubs that were also banned from European competitions ? Personally I doubt it.
Liam Young
17   Posted 29/10/2007 at 18:05:41

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I was at the liverpool game, and thought it was a shambles like everyone else. Unfortunately liverpool and the top four get away with a lot, I personally question what is going on behind the scenes in football, we have touched on a few possible match fixing allegations over the last year, especially since what went down in Serie A. But you see, why would the FA want to form an investigation, have you seen the possible loss in money if the shit did hit the fan??. Exactly, and there is the answer to that. The FA will do exactly what their initials say "Sweet FA".

Im just glad the blues are back on winning form, at least we win through merit!.
steve bennett
18   Posted 04/02/2008 at 21:42:24

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I found this after the Spurs v united game. Now, United were poor and didn’t deserve to win, but I wonder how much Clattenbergs eagerness to penalise United (7 red cards ffs) and not Spurs - a team I have a lot of respect for - contributed to Uniteds poor play. Yet despite that his ignoring of a clear handball deprived us of 2 points. And hes been ref at 2 of the three games we’ve lost. United and Everton seem to be the biggest victims of this refs inconsistency. Coincidence? hmm. Maybe United and Everton fans should combine to launch a petition against the refereeing equivalent to Alan Green.

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