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José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola issue instructions to their respective teams during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola issue instructions to their respective teams during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

A few days ago the former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg caused a minor sensation by telling NBC’s Men In Blazers podcast that he had intentionally let a number of red card offences slide in the famous game between Chelsea and Spurs that saw Leicester win the title in 2016.

“I went in with a game plan that I didn’t want Tottenham Hotspur blaming Mark Clattenburg that they were gonna lose the title. It should’ve been three red cards to Tottenham; I allowed them to self-destruct so all the media, all the people in the world went, ‘Tottenham lost the title’. If I sent 3 players off from Tottenham, what’s the headlines? ‘Clattenburg lost Tottenham the title',” he revealed.

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