Referee Mark Clattenburg quitting England for Saudi Arabia

Clattenburg was said to be tired of the scrutiny to which Premier League referees are subjected.

The Premier League's most high-profile referee Mark Clattenburg is quitting to take up a position in Saudi Arabia, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said on Thursday.

The journal believes that the 41-year-old has been disillusioned for some time and even approached PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) before Christmas to advise them of the situation but they rejected his request stating that he had to give 12 months' notice.

Clattenburg is one of the world's leading referees and in 2016 he officiated the FA Cup final, Champions League final and Euro 2016 final.

"Mark is a talented referee, he has been a great asset to the English game and hopefully an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing at the grass roots of the game".

Clattenburg refereed the finals of the European Championship, Champions League and FA Cup past year.

"We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark as well as further underlining what high esteeem English match officials are held throughout the world game".

He will be a loss to the Premier League as, despite the odd mistake, he was one of the more consistently impressive referees, and justly earned his fine reputation. A few papers are claiming disillusionment with the PGMOL as the main reason behind his decision but nevertheless, the English game will be grateful to Mark and his consistency officiating games.

"I started refereeing in England at the age of 16 an with the education and support of being a full-time referee in the Premier League I have enjoyed success in over 400 matches".

  • Julie Sanders