Clattenburg: I quit Premier League because of Mourinho
Professional football referee Mark Clattenburg has claimed that he quit officiating Premier League because of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Clattenburg, who is currently Head of Refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation said he was subject of a tirade from the Manchester United manager after a game at Stoke in January.
The 42 year old said he knew he wanted to quit refereeing in the Premier League after being heavily criticized by Mourinho.
“I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn’t give. I’d walked off that pitch at Stoke, which was always the coldest stadium, it was always wet and miserable, and refereeing Man United was never an easy match,” he said.
“I drove home 250 miles thinking I’d made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, ‘Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee? And I went soul-searching, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to and I had to get out.”
Clattenburg, who made debut in 2004, confirmed in February that he was leaving his role as a Premier League referee to become head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.