Southampton has said it does not want referee Mark Clattenburg to officiate any more of its games until the club’s complaint about his conduct toward Adam Lallana in the Saints’ 2-1 loss at Everton has been “properly resolved.” The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) on Friday ruled that Clattenburg had no case to answer for after the Saints accused him of using “abusive and insulting” language in denying the Southampton captain a penalty at Goodison Park.
According to the Press Association, Clattenburg is believed to have said to Lallana: "You are very different now, since you've played for England -- you never used to be like this." Now that the PGMOL has ruled that Clattenburg has no need to answer for his actions, he will be free to take charge of the FA Cup third round clash between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Southampton on Friday made it clear that the club believes the matter is not concluded. "An official insulting any player, no matter his intentions, is clearly not acceptable behavior," a Southampton spokesman said. "For this reason, we do not accept the verdict of the PGMOL in relation to this case and do not consider the matter to be over. Under the circumstances, we do not feel it appropriate for Mr. Clattenburg to officiate in any of our matches until this matter is properly resolved."