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Tweets: Mark Clattenburg’s Premier League Departure Met With Jubilation In Some Quarters

Referee Mark Clattenburg has quit the Premier League with immediate effect due to accepting an offer to become head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg, who refereed his first professional game at 25 in 2000, had been a Premier League official since 2004. He’s considered to be one of the finest officials in the game and had the privilege of refereeing both the Champions League and European Championships finals in 2016.

His career has been overshadowed by controversy at times, whilst he has also been the recipient of a lot of hate from fans across England.

According to The Sun, it is believed the 41-year-old became frustrated because he felt there was a lack of support from the officials’ governing body.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Referee Mark Clattenburg walks out with his assistants for the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

He has now signed a one-year rolling contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. His new role includes officiating league games, as well as helping to improve the performance of Saudi officials.

Clattenburg replaces another former Premier League referee, Howard Webb, who recently resigned from the position.

The Premier League officials’ governing body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), has since issued a statement wishing Clattenburg all the best in his new position.

“The PGMOL would like to wish Mark Clattenburg well as he prepares for his move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

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

DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Match Referee, Mark Clattenburg makes a decision during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Derby County and Leicester City at iPro Stadium on January 27, 2017 in Derby, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“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 grassroots 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.”

Fans across the country have posted their reactions to the news on Twitter, with most rejoicing at the fact Clattenburg will no longer be officiating Premier League games.

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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