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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Clattenburg leaving Premier League behind for Saudi

Mark Clattenburg. Photo: PA
Mark Clattenburg. Photo: PA

Leading referee Mark Clattenburg is leaving the Premier League after 12 years to work in Saudi Arabia.

The 41-year-old Englishman's move was confirmed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

In a statement, PGMOL said: "The Professional Game Match Officials Limited would like to wish Mark Clattenburg well as he prepares for his move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

"Since joining the PGMOL Select Group in 2004, Mark developed into one of our top officials, refereeing at the highest level and setting standards for others.

"His accomplishments are numerous and last season saw Mark achieve a memorable treble, on top of another consistently excellent season in the Premier League, as he officiated the FA Cup final, the UEFA Champions League final and the UEFA 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. We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark as well as further underlining the esteem English match officials are held in."

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