Mark Clattenburg: ‘Even the police were terrified of Sir Alex Ferguson!’

‘Even the police were terrified of Fergie!’: Mark Clattenburg reveals how Bolton policewoman was left ‘trembling’ after being tasked with watching over Manchester United legend after pink card in 2007

  • Ferguson was aggravated and hurled profanities and insults at Clattenburg
  • The then 32-year-old referee determined to ship off the Manchester United boss 
  • Clattenburg was shaking and so was the policewoman exterior the dressing room

In an unique extract from Mark Clattenburg’s autobiography Whistle Blower, the former Premier League referee reveals the day he crossed Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex Ferguson made no try to cover his fury as we walked down the tunnel at halftime throughout Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Bolton in 2007.

‘You’ve given us no f***ing safety,’ he stated, amongst different profanities and insults. ‘You’ve acquired no f***ing management.’

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was sad with Mark Clattenburg at Bolton in 2007


He was accusing Bolton of bullying them and he took his anger out on me. He went on and on and wouldn’t cease. I’d had sufficient. I despatched him off.

Oh God, I’ve simply despatched off Fergie. I’m shaking. I used to be nonetheless a younger referee at 32 and attempting to make my method in the Premier League. You had to make sure you were proper for those who were crossing Alex Ferguson.

There was a policewoman exterior the United dressing room.

‘Can you make sure Sir Alex does not come back out into the playing area for the second half?’ I requested her.

‘Me?’ she stated. ‘Why me? I’m not doing it.’ 

‘You’re the police!’

She was trembling simply as a lot as me and didn’t know what to do. But that was the energy of the man. Even the police were terrified of him.

Clattenburg shares a joke with Ferguson before the FA Cup final at Wembley in 2016

Clattenburg shares a joke with Ferguson earlier than the FA Cup remaining at Wembley in 2016

Extracted from WHISTLE BLOWER by Mark Clattenburg, revealed on thirtieth September by Headline at £20. © Mark Clattenburg 2021. To order a replica for £18 (provide legitimate to 2/10/21; UK P&P free on orders over £20), go to or name 020 3308 9193.  


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