Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot against Liverpool following a VAR check on a collision between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Blues were awarded a spot-kick after Dominic Calvert-Lewin collided with Trent Alexander-Arnold when trying to hurdle the defender with an open goal gaping.
Referee Chris Kavanagh awarded a spot-kick and stuck to his original decision following a brief check on the VAR pitchside monitor.
There remains some disagreement over whether it was the correct call to award the Blues a penalty with disdain in some sections for the length of time the official took checking the monitor before making his decision.
However, Clattenburg has suggested the VAR check was for a possible red card rather than whether or not a penalty was the correct decision.
Having seen Arsenal’s David Luiz sent off for accidentally tripping Willian Jose from behind against Wolves earlier this month, Alexander-Arnold could have been dismissed himself for the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity with no attempt to play the ball.
With intent not part of the rule, the letter of the law suggests a red card would have been the right decision.
But Clattenburg has praised Saturday’s officials for using common sense when making their decision on the full-back and has called for the law to be changed to prevent controversial repeat incidents.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin had an open goal, so there was no reason for him to dive,” he said in his Daily Mail column. “As he hurdled Trent Alexander-Arnold to get to the ball, the Liverpool full back lifted his head and created contact.
“It was a penalty, but it was good to see common sense prevail and Alexander-Arnold avoid a red card.
“The 22-year-old could have been dismissed for the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity with no attempt to play the ball, if referee Chris Kavanagh had followed the same principles which saw David Luiz shown red at Wolves.
“The Arsenal defender made accidental contact with Willian Jose, resulting in a penalty and a sending-off.
“Kavanagh spent mere seconds at his monitor. It wasn’t to check whether it was a penalty — he and VAR Andre Marriner accepted it was — but whether Alexander-Arnold should be red-carded.
“Kavanagh applied the spirit of the law and decided not to further punish Liverpool. To avoid any more incorrect reds like the one for Luiz, the law should be changed.”
Clattenburg infamously took charge of a Goodison derby in 2007, a performance which incensed Everton so much that he didn’t officiate another Everton game for more than four years.