Ref Clattenburg quits Premier League

Mark Clattenburg, Mourinho

Mark Clattenburg has overseen his last Premier League match as referee after leaving the Professional Game Match Officials Limited for a job in Saudi Arabia.

The 41-year-old is said of have grown weary of the PGMOL in relation to the public support they provide for match officials, and admitted in December he would consider a move abroad.

Clattenburg is seen as one of the leading referees in the game, having enjoyed an outstanding 2016 which saw him officiate in the FA Cup final, UEFA Champions League final and the European Championship final.

With the FA Cup taking centre-stage this weekend, the County Durham native will not take charge of a Premier League fixture again this season, meaning his last outing was Arsenal's 2-0 win over Hull at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Clattenburg was involved in two controversial moments during that clash, having missed a handball before Alex Sanchez gave the Gunners the lead, while his decision to only show Kieran Gibbs a yellow card after the left-back had fouled Lazar Markovic, who was through on goal, saw the ref surrounded by protesting Tigers players – which led to an FA charge for the club.

A statement from the officiating body read: "The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) 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 to follow.

"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 three major cup finals – 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 what high esteem English match officials are held throughout the world game."

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