Consett Referee Mark Clattenburg Leaves Premier League

The Premier League have appointed Clattenburg to take charge of Saturday's game between West Brom and Bournemouth at the Hawthorns.

A source close to the referee, who officiated last season's Champions League final, told the Sun: "He will still be going to Saudi Arabia but we will see him again, at least three or four more times in the Premier League".

Mark Clattenburg will officiate probably the worst Premier League match available next weekend after announcing that he will soon be leaving England in favour of Saudi Arabia.

After becoming an assistant referee in the Northern League at the age of 18, he rose through the Football Conference and made his refereeing debut in the Football League at the age of just 25.

It is believed Webb will eventually become head of referees in the MLS and Oliver is one of the top officials he will target.

He has taken a role with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. "I have great confidence in English referees but if you ask me, I am sorry for this".

Michael Oliver could be the next top referee to leave the English top flight, after big-money interest from the Major Soccer League (MLS).

'One thing I'd like to do is work with the refereeing team and the president to make this happen so that it will be successful for many, many years to come'. His career has not been without lows, though, as he served an eight-month suspension in 2008 and 2009 after PGMOL investigated his business dealings, and in 2012 Chelsea made a formal complaint that he had used inappropriate language towards Jon Obi Mikel during a game against Manchester United.

  • Zachary Reyes