The erstwhile Premier League whistler has been in the headlines today after admitting he went into Spurs’ title-deciding match with Chelsea in 2016 with a game-plan to let Tottenham ‘self-destruct’.
His comments came during an appearance on NBC’s Men in Blazers podcast, and whilst the line about the Battle of Stamford Bridge was undoubtedly the biggest headline, his comments about Keane will definitely raise some eyebrows.
Clattenburg – now in charge of officiating in Saudi Arabia – was once regarded as one of the best referees in the country but he quite happily admits just how much Keano intimidated him.
Recalling back to his earlier career, he explains: “Even in the Premier League, I still smile at the first time I came across Roy Keane.
“He screamed at us for a corner and I’m sure it was a goal kick but because he screamed at us so loudly, I gave a corner. I was that petrified of him.”
“I probably lacked man management. I didn’t have management experience because I was still a young boy.
“I hadn’t had that employment background. I didn’t have any experience of dealing with people, managing people, saying the right thing at the right time.
“It’s only when I got older that I started to develop those skills. When you have those skills, you interact with adults better, players better. If you interact with players, they make your life easier. When they make your life easier, you become a good referee.”
He might’ve been young at the time, and we all know that Roy Keane can be quite a fearsome character, but should he really be admitting details like this in the public domain?
What do you think of his comments?