Gary Neville: Mark Clattenburg should step down after Forest statement | Football News

Nottingham Forest refereeing consultant Mark Clattenburg should resign after the club’s statement accusing VAR Stuart Attwell of being a Luton Town fan, says Gary Neville.

Forest accused Attwell, the VAR for their contentious 2-0 defeat at Everton, of being a Luton fan after a series of appeals for penalties by Forest were turned down.

Forest were waved away on three separate occasions by match referee Anthony Taylor with the on-field decisions endorsed by Attwell in the VAR hub.

After the game, Forest posted on X, formerly Twitter: “Three extremely poor decisions – three penalties not given – which we simply cannot accept.

“We warned the PGMOL that the VAR is a Luton fan before the game but they didn’t change him. Our patience has been tested multiple times. NFFC will now consider its options.”

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Former Premier League referee Clattenburg works as a consultant for Forest and was at Goodison Park for the match.

“Mark Clattenberg must resign tonight,” said Neville.

“If he saw those words go out in which question the integrity of a referee and claims someone is a cheat for supporting another club, then he’s supporting what is being said. He would lose all credibility with referees in the game. He should stand down tonight and distance himself from that statement.

“The statement is like a petulant child. It’s embarrassing.

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Jamie Carragher has slammed Nottingham Forest’s social media post after they were denied three potential penalties against relegation rivals Everton during their 2-0 defeat.

“But they’re grabbing defeat from victory. They could say, ‘why should we sit here and be badly done to and not say anything’. You can potentially come out at the end of the game – and the manager is a great spokesman at the end of the game, so is your captain – and say that we’re not accepting the quality of decisions that are going against us, and that would have a real impact.

“You could if you wanted, and I’m not a fan, but written statements from the club when it comes to talking about referees, I don’t believe that’s a line you should cross. I think managers can say, ‘that’s a shocker today, a disgraceful decision’. You’d get a bit of a fine and the club might cover it for you because you do a deal with the chairman to defend yourselves and put a marker down. All of those things have happened in the past.

“Today and over the last few weeks, the way Nottingham Forest are behaving lacks class and that’s a class club. When I was growing up, they acted in a way where you felt like values and principles were really at the forefront of everything they did through the manager they had at the time.

“Today has been a horrendous day for Nottingham Forest. Possibly horrendous because of the decisions that they’ve had, but horrendous for how they’ve reacted to the situation. To mention the VAR official as being a Luton fan and inferring in some way that’s had an impact on the decision-making process and suggesting to me as a fan, thinking ‘has he cheated us’, you’re into really dangerous territory.

“And when they say ‘explore all options’, I had a problem with Liverpool saying that after the offside at Tottenham – what do you mean by that?

“It’s become a theme moving forward that clubs now think they can ‘explore options’. What are they going to do, sue? Replay the game? Ask for points back? That’s never going to happen.

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Nuno Espirito Santo said he has seen the images of all three penalty decisions that were not awarded to Nottingham Forest during their 2-0 defeat to Everton and finds it hard to understand why none were given.

“Unless you can prove somehow there’s been absolute wrongdoing, which there won’t be in that sense, it’s just a nonsense.

“I’m disappointed for Nottingham Forest’s players and fans, but I’m also disappointed in Nottingham Forest for the way in which they’ve acted. It’s a horrendous tweet they’ve put out there and they’ll regret that as a football club.

“Someone is driving this cultural behaviour in the way in which they’re handling these poor decisions and it’s not the right way to do it.”

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Carra: FA need to come down hard on Forest

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“The FA need to come down hard on Forest and stamp this out. There’s been stuff with Liverpool at Tottenham and Arsenal at Newcastle. It feels like it’s building with Clattenburg at Forest. It’s like a tactic to put pressure on officials in some way. We saw Clattenburg in the stands.

“This shouldn’t get away from Anthony Taylor and Stuart Attwell having a bad day but this behaviour needs stamping out, like asking for an apology, exploring all options. There are no options. There needs to be a really big sanction on Forest.”

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