Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has dubbed former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy the “worst” footballer he has dealt with in the English top flight. Clattenburg, who officiated in 292 Premier League matches, stated that he found Bellamy irritating off the pitch as well, admitting that he never got on well with him.
Bellamy spent two seasons at Liverpool over two spells. He first joined the Merseyside giants from Blackburn Rovers for a €9 million fee in 2006, leaving only a season later. Bellamy re-joined the club as a free agent in the summer of 2011, only to leave again after one season.
Despite having a couple of shots at making it big at Liverpool, Bellamy made more headlines due to his antics rather than match-winning performances.
Clattenburg, who had his fair share of encounters with Bellamy, revealed just how annoyed he was with the Welshman. He said (via the Sun):
“The worst one – and I’ve thought it for years – was Bellamy. He was just the most irritating player on the pitch – and he was irritating off it. He was downright rude and it didn’t matter what you said to him. I made mistakes against him but what he used to say to you, it was not acceptable.
“People say you should have sent him off and I did – incorrectly for diving. I cautioned him at Bolton for diving and it was a blatant penalty. He was a guy I just didn’t really get on well with.”
Bellamy featured in 79 games across competitions for the Reds in his career, recording 18 goals and 13 assists. He helped the Anfield outfit win the League Cup in the 2011-12 season.
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