Mark Clattenburg lifts lid on infamous Nottingham Forest tweet after Everton controversy

Mark Clattenburg has spoken about his time with Nottingham Forest
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Former Nottingham Forest adviser Mark Clattenburg has spoken about the club’s controversial tweet posted after defeat to Everton earlier this year.

The Reds were left furious after three penalty appeals were waved away during their 2-0 loss at Goodison Park in April. It led to the club questioning VAR Stuart Attwell in an angry tweet after the full-time whistle.

Clattenburg was employed by Forest at the time in the role of match and performance analyst. However, he stepped down in early May amid the fallout from that afternoon on Merseyside.

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He told talkSPORT: "A lot of people thought I was going in to see referees and I was trying to influence them, that was absolute rubbish because I didn't know them. Also, I think they tried to attach the tweet - that was made after the Everton football match - where in my opinion, the referee made two mistakes, the club felt three, I felt two.

"I had nothing to do with that, that's something from the highest level, I'm just a consultant, I can only advise on some things. And if some things are coming from the very top, which happens at all football clubs, that's got nothing to do with Mark Clattenburg."

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live earlier this week, Clattenburg said he felt his role at the City Ground was “misinterpreted” by some. On talkSPORT, he was asked to respond to allegations made on the Saturday Session with Carlton Cole and Darren Ambrose that he didn't know what he was doing at Forest.

He responded: "It was hard of course. This role isn't new across the world, this role was used across the whole of Europe, it's used in other sports, it was used in rugby union in the World Cup.

"So if it's giving some sporting edge, then why not? In hindsight, could we have explained it more?

"Could Nottingham Forest and I have explained it better, that we could have looked at the role and said, 'Look, it's not just a referee analyst, I'm a consultant, I'm looking at tactics, giving the owner some sort of understanding about English football which is important.'"

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