Hats off to English referee Mark Clattenburg for his prompt dismissal of West Brom defender Goran Popov in a 1-0 EPL loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Clattenburg reached for his pocket and red carded Popov after he spit on Spur opponent Kyle Walker in the 48th minute.
The playerâ€™s own coach turned against him after this gross display of unsportsmanlike conduct which was caught on video.
“Iâ€™m absolutely disgusted with Goranâ€™s behaviour,” West Bromwich AlbionÂ manager Steve Clarke said after the match. “There is really no excuse for that type of behaviour. Thereâ€™s no place for it in life, never mind on the football pitch.”
The question which remains in everyoneâ€™s mind is what drove Popov to do such a thing? The player has yet to comment on the incident but it is doubtful anything he could say would justify such behaviour.
Clattenburg, was the infamous referee at the centre of a racism probe last November after allegations that he used a racial slur against Chelseaâ€™s Ramires. Clattenburg was eventually cleared of the charges after an investigation by the FA deemed there was not enough evidence to support the allegations.