Register Login Scores

English Premier League

'Mourinho Part Of The Reason Why I Quit The EPL'

A former Premier League official has revealed that an incident with Jose Mourinho helped lead to his decision to exit the division.

8 Players Linked With Mourinho's Man Utd

Former EPL official Mark Clattenburg left the league earlier this year to become the head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, a decision that caught many off guard.

Speaking about making that move recently, Clattenburg said it was Mourinho's rant towards him last season, after United's game against Stoke City, that led to him eventually quitting his job in England.

"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," he said during a Men in Blazers podcast.

"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.

"To come off that match, it felt immense that I'd actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I'd seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right, but he'd put a seed of doubt into my mind.

"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."

Reports: Mourinho To Sell Three Man Utd Stars

Clattenburg refereed in the Premier League from 2004 until 2017.

Do you think Clattenburg is one of the best match officials the EPL has ever seen? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Mbappe Breaks Another UCL Record

Reports: CR7 To Receive Ballon D'Or On Top Of Eiffel Tower

The Top 11 Goalscorers in Europe Update

3 comments

Top 5

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: 2022 Ballon d'Or Nominees Announced

6 Aug 12, 2022 08:38 PM in Ballon d’Or

Why Pirates Captain Was Substituted...

21 Aug 11, 2022 10:15 AM in Orlando Pirates

Richest EPL Owners Amid Man Utd Takeover Talk

2 Aug 11, 2022 07:26 PM in English Premier League

Rulani: Vila Contributed To Downs’ Downfall

88 Aug 11, 2022 07:35 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

'I Want To Buy Man Utd'

4 Aug 10, 2022 03:29 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

14 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Players Who Still Haven't Found New Clubs

2 Aug 10, 2022 12:26 PM in World News

Inside Amakhosi's Preparations For Crunch Downs Encounter

123 Aug 11, 2022 06:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Why Chiefs Target Fits Amakhosi's Immediate Criteria…

31 Aug 10, 2022 08:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

14 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Downs & CT City CAF CL Opponents Revealed

39 Aug 09, 2022 05:24 PM in CAF Champions League

Ten Hag Explains Benni Appointment

10 Aug 01, 2022 10:20 AM in English Premier League

Reunion On The Cards For Top Keeper?

1 Aug 10, 2022 05:09 PM in Siyagobhoza