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Clattenburg quits Premier League to go to Saudi Arabia

Mark Clattenburg is to quit his job as a Premier League referee to become Saudi Arabia's new head of referees.

Clattenburg is widely considered to be one of the best referees in world football and has recently took charge of the final of Euro 2016, 2016 Champions League and the 2016 FA Cup. He will replace another former English referee in Howard Webb after he resigned as Saudi Arabia's head of refereeing 11 days ago.

As part of his new job he will work with the Saudi referees to improve performance and profes­si­onalise the set-up, in addition he will take charge of some league games. He has signed a one-year rolling contract.

Clattenburg said: "This is an important move forward. We have professional referees in the country that I am leaving, which has been a big positive. One thing I'd like to do is work with the refereeing team and the president to make this happen so that it will be successful for many, many years to come."

A statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited said: "We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark, and it further underlines the high esteem for English match officials throughout the world game."

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