Mark Clattenburg slammed after turning down Leicester City's penalty appeals

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Mark Clattenburg might have next weekend off.

The referee denied Leicester City not one, but two penalties in their 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

Though the first one could have gone either way, he certainly should have pointed to the spot after Ahmed Musa was felled.


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We never like to talk about the referee after a football match but this game was all about Clattenburg’s two decisions.

He also could have sent Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin off but decided not to show him a second yellow card.

Leicester thought they might have a chance to open the scoring when Riyad Mahrez went down under Laurent Koscielny’s challenge in the first half. But Clattenburg deemed the Frenchman to have made contact with the ball.

But when Musa was felled by Hector Bellerin, the referee - who refereed the Euro 2016 final - should have awarded the Foxes a spot-kick.

Check out the Musa incident below.

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The stalemate means Leicester and Arsenal are both winless from their opening two Premier League games and already five points behind the leaders.

What was a rather dull first half quickly livened up after the restart as both teams pushed for a winner. If any team deserved the win, however, it was definitely the champions, who went close through Mahrez late on.

With the possibility of a penalty being denied, Claudio Ranieri will feel two points were dropped at the King Power Stadium, which reflects poorly on the much-maligned Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners didn’t create many clear-cut chances. If Wenger didn’t think the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool was sufficient proof that he needed to strengthen his team, this performance should do the trick.

The Frenchman can’t even hide from Clattenburg’s poor decision.

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