Heurelho Gomes says referee Mark Clattenburg was not clear
Tuesday 02 November 2010
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 feeling 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 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.
"Nani stopped the game with his hands but this is not basketball."
Gomes maintains that, as far as he is concerned, he did nothing wrong.
He added in The Sun: "I feel bad, as I let in a goal. But I would react the same again.
"The ref was not clear. He gesticulated with his shoulders and barely moved his arms. He was not able to explain and show to anyone in the stadium what was going on.
"Even the linesman was confused. He told me he did not know what the ref gave.
"He said he saw the handball and told me to go back to the goal, that he would tell the ref what he saw."
Latest in Sport
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Compare the Barcelona and Real Madrid players in El Clasico
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Tim Sherwood: The mavericks have always needed special handling – but Balotelli is not delivering his side of the bargain for Liverpool
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Modesty of Louis van Gaal makes nice contrast with his old pupil Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid analysis: Toni Kroos control may give extra edge that enables Real Madrid to retain Champions League crown
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts