Not just players; England’s top referee leaves the EPL for greener pastures

England’s number one referee Mark Clattenburg has asked to be released from his contract and is understood to have taken a job in some capacity with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

The move comes off the back of a headline year in 2016 as he officiated three major cup finals – the FA Cup final, the UEFA Champions League final and the UEFA Euro 2016 final.

Clattenburg has been the cause of rife speculation of late with many observers tipping him to join the stream of players trickling into China or the MLS in America.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) in a statement released via the Premier League on Thursday wished him well in his new endeavour.

“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,” the PGMOL said

Clattenburg has already been unveiled in a press conference in Saudi Arabia. However it is not yet clear what his new responsibilities will be for the SAFF.

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