Jamie Carragher slams Mark Clattenburg decision in FA Cup final

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Mark Clattenburg must have known he'd be under the spotlight when he agreed to referee the FA Cup final. 

The referee has always had a pretty thick skin and he's going to need it if he logs onto social media when he heads home from Wembley. 

If Alan Pardew's glares from the sidelines weren't enough, Clattenburg also has Jamie Carragher to contend with, after the former Liverpool defender branded one of his decisions 'shocking'. 


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He brought play back for a Palace free-kick when Conor Wickham was through on goal - and in fact, found the back of the net, only for it not to count - to the fury of the South Londoners.

Wickham had been involved in a tussle with Chris Smalling, but to his credit, he had stayed on his feet.  

To make matters worse, he then did it again, stopping Joel Ward from making a break. On that occasion, Pardew span around in fury, mouthing 'twice' at his bench, unhappy with the potentially game-changing decisions. 

And in between those decisions, Palace also had a penalty shout for a Wayne Rooney challenge on Wilfried Zaha, with replays suggesting Rooney didn't get the ball. 

On the BBC, Alan Shearer weighed in on the debate, suggesting that the magnitude of the occasion had perhaps got the better of the referee. 

Pardew was also unhappy with Juan Mata's challenge on Pape Souare, which admittedly did receive a yellow card. 

Clattenburg, meanwhile, will also referee the Champions League final on May 28, when he will be hoping to avoid any costly mistakes. 

Did Clattenburg make the right decision? Have your say in the comments. 

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