Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Mark Clattenburg will not officiate next weekend's games after breaking strict protocol on travelling to games
Clattenburg broke protocol to attend a pop concert
Referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped from officiating in this weekend round of games in the English Premier League after breaking protocol to attend a concert.

Clattenburg travelled in his own car to officiate the West Bromwich vs Crystal Palace match in order to get back to Newcastle in time to see the award-winning star,  Ed Sheeran perform. 

Premier League regulations, as implemented by the Referee body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) require the referee and his assistants to travel together to and from games for integrity and security purposes.

The 39 year old referee also spoke to Palace manager Neil Warnock on phone while in his car, breaking another Premier League code which allows officials to only speak to managers after a game when all the assistants are present or with the permission of referees’ body, PGMOL.

Now this means that an official cannot make or take calls from club managers away from the ground.

The PGMOL do not want a situation between manager and referee which might escalate to being one version of a conversation against the other.

It is understood that Warnock had wanted to discuss with Clattenburg two incidents during the 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns, Wilfried Zaha being denied a penalty and a challenge by Craig Dawson on Julian Speroni that led to a goal and the injured keeper being substituted. 

Clattenburg, despite been an outstanding official, has had a controversial career as an elite referee, including serving an eight-month suspension after an investigation into his personal life and business debts. 

Clattenburg has previously been cleared of allegedly making inappropriate comments to Jon Mikel Obi in 2012
Clattenburg has controversies as a referee including this with John Mikel Obi
Chelsea also made a formal complaint to the FA about his alleged use of inappropriate language towards Nigeria international, John Mikel Obi but the referee was cleared and the player disciplined.

Nine years ago, he infamously ruled out a Pedro Mendes effort from near the halfway line at Old Trafford, even though replays showed the ball clearly crossed the line. 

He will, however, take charge of Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash between Tottenham and Brighton and is due to officiate in the Champions League next week.

Credit: Dailymail

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