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Mark Clattenburg explains how Darwin Nunez controversy led to 'sporting edge' as advice given

Mark Clattenburg looks on
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Mark Clattenburg has revealed what he told Nottingham Forest officials in the wake of their controversial drop ball incident against Liverpool in March.

The incident at the City Ground saw referee Paul Tierney mistakenly restart play with an uncontested drop ball that was given to Caoimhin Kelleher when it should have been given to Forest. Darwin Nunez scored the winning goal moments later for Jurgen Klopp's side in a 1-0 win.

And Forest's former 'referee analyst' has opened up on what he told the East Midlands club after what happened against Liverpool. Clattenburg told Forest to keep hold of the ball in future when it comes to drop balls.

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“The advice I gave to Forest after the drop ball incident was in future make sure you hold the ball, so that when the referee looks around to find where the ball is, you’ve got it," he said on the Ben Heath Podcast

“That was a sporting edge for Forest and something I was able to advise on, but at the minute I just don’t think many clubs will go down that route as there is too much backlash from the media.”

The incident on March 2 saw Clattenburg answer questions from journalists after the match in which he explained how Forest were justified in their anger and frustration. “The law is quite clear,” he said at the time.

“The law states that the referee is entitled to stop the game if he feels there is a head injury. However, the ball has to go back to the team that has possession. Nottingham Forest clearly had that possession.

“Nottingham Forest should have had the ball back and therefore possession of the ball, and the game is completely different. Liverpool have then gone on the attack and scored from it.

“You can understand the frustration. Things just seem to be going against Nottingham Forest Football Club at the moment.

“The owner is quite upset because they fought. He has invested a lot of money in the football club and he wants to see results. He feels another decision has gone against the football club. Quite rightly, he’s upset. I think everybody is upset and sad they have lost in this way. Hopefully the luck will change in the future.”