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Clattenburg takes job in Saudi Arabia

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has quit his job in England to take a role in Saudi Arabia.

The ref is considered as one of the best in the world, and has refereed big events like the Champions League and European Championships finals in the last 12 months.

He will take the role as Saudi Arabia’s head of referees, a post that former Premier League ref Howard Webb resigned from 11 days ago.

He is expected to leave with immediate effect, before the next set of Premier League fixtures.

Speaking on a live broadcast on the Saudi Football Federation’s Twitter page, Clattenburg said: “This is an important move forward. We have professional referees in the country that I am leaving, which has been a big positive.

“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.”

The Premier League’s referee body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said he had been “a great asset” and “an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing”.

Its statement added: “We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark, and it further underlines the high esteem for English match officials throughout the world game.”


By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10


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