Clattenburg pleased with Griezmann's penalty miss in the UCL - FCNaija

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 23/10/2017

Mark Clattenburg was pleased with Antoine Griezmann’s penalty miss in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in 2016 in Milan, Italy.

Clattenburg revealed that the officiation of the match between the two Madrid based teams wasn’t great for the officials.

The match ended 1-1 before Real Madrid triumphed on penalties to lift their eleventh Champions League trophy.

Sergio Ramos got the first goal for Real Madrid, although the Spanish defender appeared to be in an offside position. Then in the second half, Diego Simone’s men were awarded a dubious penalty.

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Antoine Griezmann was denied by the woodwork and it seems Clattenburg was glad that the France international missed from the spot.

"Over dinner, he admits that if Real hadn't benefitted from a bad decision in the first half he probably wouldn't have given it [the Atleti penalty]," Clattenburg said.

"The best referees, he believes, make their decisions based on context and balance. This explains why there can never be "consistency" in the way football is refereed. It is the courage to apply the laws with empathy, says Clattenburg,

 that distinguishes top officials from those on the next rung on the ladder. Pepe, though, didn't think it was a penalty.

"Neither was Ramos's goal a goal".

"When Griezmann's penalty hit the bar I was pleased because it had been a marginal call. In terms of the big picture, the penalty restored balance and made for a better game.

Afterwards Real and Atletico was very complimentary about my performance".

Clattenburg might have his reasons, but it is shocking when an official wants a side to miss a penalty kick during the match he is officiating.