February 20, 2017

Mark Clattenburg to leave Premier League with SEMI-immediate effect

English referee Mark Clattenburg has decided to leave the English Premier League to take new duties in Saudi Arabia. The 41-year old Elite official who has taken charge of the Champions League final, EURO 2016 final and FA Cup final in 2016, will take the role Howard Webb has previously fulfilled in Saudi Arabia's football association.

Moving to Saudi Arabia: Mark Clattenburg (r.)

Clattenburg is said to take charge of matches as a referee himself, but is also supposed to improve Saudi Arabia's refereeing in a managing function.

He originally announced he would leave the English referee roster with immediate effect, meaning that he would be no longer active as a UEFA referee either.

Today, The Sun however reported that after having talked to David Elleray, Clattenburg would take charge of approximately four or more Premier League matches until the end of the season.

Watch this press conference where Clattenburg has been introduced to the Saudi Arabian press.

We wish a great referee all the best and much success for the new challenges he will face.

19 Comments:

  1. Have to say that I'm absolutely stunned!! 😐

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    1. I am completely surprised. He could have had so many big matches in the next years in England or UEFA competisions. A great loss for european refereeing.
      But somewhere I can understand his decision, because he had all big european finals and therefore no goals left he could reach.

      A question: Will he be allowed to handle games at WC 2018? I fear not, when he isn't refereeing big matches anymore, but I don't hope so. Then there would be no English referee in Russia, as Oliver and Taylor aren't ready and Atkinson, well...

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    2. He is no more FIFA referee, so he can't be in Russia 2018.
      About World Cup without English referees-please... :)
      It is strongest lobby in a world of football, of course they will 'attach' new referee on WC pre-list.

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    3. *The strongest, in the world

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    4. Michael Oliver should get on the phone to Clément Turpin...
      Seriously though I cannot think that Oliver can be so happy today. In my opinion he is a great referee that has so so much time to progress to a top referee. FIFA actually are big fans, of course U17 WC Final but especially his R16 match between Chile - Mexico FIFA were very impressed. Actually talking about English media I cannot ever remember a more popular referee, if that means anything. If there are no problems for him at Sutton - Arsenal, then Ellery will (deservedly) send him to the Cup Final and surely UEFA Elite also. Some important qualification matches in UEFA Zone, and maybe he will do enough.

      You can ask the question about Atkinson, for sure on his best day he is on WC Level, but if FIFA reject Rizzoli then I do doubt they'll accept Atkinson.
      Not the best moment of English refereeing...

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    1. "With immediate effect" means "now".

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  3. I don't blame him. I am sure it's not the lost motivation. There were some rumours that he is not PGMOL's blue-eyed boy. He quits his career at the best possible moment - after the CL final and still being the European no1.

    All the best, Mark, to you and your family! I am sure you will be as great manager as referee.

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    1. I think he will soon talk about his motivation in interviews. At any rate it is not too speculative to say that Saudi Arabia is not known for their football and refereeing excellence, but rather a great place to work (and earn money!).

      Indeed he chose the best possible moment for this move... achieved almost everything. UEFA etc. will maybe ask themselves: Is it wise to give all possible finals in 1 year to the same referee? Could this have effects on the best referees' career planning? Should CL finals maybe given to the same referees more than only once in a lifetime, based on season-performance?

      I agree with you, it is maybe not the lost motivation. But vice versa, the motivation was apparently not high enough to stay :)

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    2. "....the motivation was apparently not high enough to stay :)" ---> I totally agree with this statement Niclas... 100% true this line is!!! And I also agree with you that UEFA should reconsider the policy of appointing referees to their major finals... What if Rizzoli or Kuipers or Çakir end up having a perfect season but still won't be eligible for the final just because they handled it once?? I personally feel based on merit and season performances referees should be given final appointments more than once!!

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  4. What a loss for Uefa...It will be strange without big names like Rizoli and Clattenburg next season.

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  5. It is big decision, very, very big decision. His full life is changing now, not only as a referee. Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries, so I am sure that the prize is very high, especially Clattenburg is considered as the best ref in the world at the moment. He had 4 big years in front of him, that means lot of money as well (just don't say it is not important - in this case of course it is), and probably WC final match in Russia. Lаck of motivation simply is not the case, he has just achieved his highest level and he should be able to maintain that level in years to come. I believe he took in consideration everything and decided what's the best for him and his family (life in Arabia and in England - those are two worlds), because he looses a lot.

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  6. What do you think happens to Clattenburg's team now?

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    1. It seems as his assistant referees have been already assigned to Oliver.

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  7. As I have said, Mark is not welcomed in England and that's why he was given the FA Cup final so late... I would say it's about politics. This Euro Cup we saw 2 England referees. That's ridiculous. Why? It's really hard to pick one from Atkinson and Clattenburg. Personally I am a Chelsea fan and I watched the notorious match he refereed between CHE and MAN 2-3. After a while I still claim Mark is a phenomenal referee. He does not always make the correct decision as one other ref can do the same. But his confidence on the pitch is so overwhelming.

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  8. https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/2910183/mark-clattenburg-makes-sensational-u-turn-and-will-referee-premier-league-matches-again/

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    1. Interesting question, already asked by another user who's comment I can't find.
      Will he be appointed at UEFA? I suspect not, but also I didn't expect him to refereeing in West Bromwich rather than Ridayh this weekend...

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    2. Clattenburg wont appear again in UEFA games because he didn't attend the Winter Course in Malaga. Let me also add that I don't like this change now, Clattenburg looked to have clear ideas about his future. If you want to do something like that, you must be 100% sure, otherwise you shouldn't do anything.
      Sorry, that's my point of view, but of course I can be wrong.

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    3. Chefren, maybe he had contractual ties to Premier League, meaning if you resign you have to pay certain fees. Not sure of course.

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