x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Gomes: Clattenburg not clear after Nani 'handball'

Nani prodded the ball home after the Spurs goalkeeper placed the ball on the ground having assumed a free-kick had been awarded for a handball by the United player.

The referee overruled his linesman who flagged for the incident where Nani touched the ball with his hand and allowed play to continue.
The referee overruled his linesman who flagged for the incident where Nani touched the ball with his hand and allowed play to continue.

Heurelho Gomes has hit out at referee Mark Clattenburg for allowing Manchester United's controversial second goal against Tottenham on Saturday.

Nani prodded the ball home after the Spurs goalkeeper placed the ball on the ground having assumed a free-kick had been awarded by Clattenburg for a handball by the United player.

The referee allowed the goal to stand, though, seemingly having invited Tottenham to play on, and United went on to claim a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

Gomes said: "In my opinion, the whole stadium saw what happened. It is impossible the ref did not see the handball.

"He did not gesture in any way to play on, like you would normally expect. When I put the ball down on the floor, he started gesturing with his shoulders.

"He is supposed to use his hands. It was not clear to anyone. It was only when I saw (Paul) Scholes shouting at Nani to shoot that I reacted. The biggest mistake was not being clear afterwards. Maybe he did not have to give the foul but you have to be clear. He only gestured after I put the ball down."