‘Even the police were terrified of Fergie!’: Mark Clattenburg reveals how Bolton policewoman was left ‘trembling’ after being tasked with watching over Manchester United legend after red card in 2007
- Ferguson was annoyed and hurled profanities and insults at Clattenburg
- The then 32-year-old referee decided to send off the Manchester United boss
- Clattenburg was shaking and so was the policewoman outside the dressing room
In an exclusive extract from Mark Clattenburg’s autobiography Whistle Blower, the former Premier League referee reveals the day he crossed Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson made no attempt to hide his fury as we walked down the tunnel at halftime during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Bolton in 2007.
‘You’ve given us no f***ing protection,’ he said, among other profanities and insults. ‘You’ve got no f***ing control.’
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was unhappy with Mark Clattenburg at Bolton in 2007
He was accusing Bolton of bullying them and he took his anger out on me. He went on and on and would not stop. I’d had enough. I sent him off.
Oh God, I have just sent off Fergie. I’m shaking. I was still a young referee at 32 and trying to make my way in the Premier League. You had to be sure you were right if you were crossing Alex Ferguson.
There was a policewoman outside the United dressing room.
‘Can you make sure Sir Alex does not come back out into the playing area for the second half?’ I asked her.
‘Me?’ she said. ‘Why me? I’m not doing it.’
‘You’re the police!’
She was trembling just as much as me and didn’t know what to do. But that was the power of the man. Even the police were terrified of him.
Clattenburg shares a joke with Ferguson before the FA Cup final at Wembley in 2016
Extracted from WHISTLE BLOWER by Mark Clattenburg, published on 30th September by Headline at £20. © Mark Clattenburg 2021. To order a copy for £18 (offer valid to 2/10/21; UK P&P free on orders over £20), visit www.mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193.