Top Referee Declares Newcastle The Best Team In England


Newcastle born Mark Clattenburg has left the Premier League and he was introduced by press conference today in his new position as the new head of referees at the Saudi Arabian FA.

There had been some rumors he could take up that position a few weeks ago after he had established himself as the top referee in England and had refereed some big matches in the last two or three seasons.

Newcastle fan m Mark Clattenburg was born in Consett, County Durham in 1975 and started his refereeing in the Northern League in 1993.

Mark Clattenburg – Newcastle referee

He progressed through to the Football Conference and the Football League in 199 and then the Premier League in 2004.

As he introduced himself today the Newcastle fans said that Newcastle were the best team in England.

His press conference was streamed live from Periscope and this is what Mark said to introduce himself:

“I would just like to start by introducing myself. My name is Mark Clattenburg and I’m from a city called Newcastle.

“For anybody that knows England well, we have the best team in England, but it is in the North of England.”

“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.”

Last year Mark Clattenburg was the referee for Champ[ions league, FA Cup and was also part of the Euro 2016 finals.

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86 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Feb 16, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Money, money, money………

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  • Jib

    Feb 16, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Mag52
    Are you kidding ?

    With match fees plus retainer they get about £70 K pa

    Getting dogs abuse from young twats who get that a week !

    I don’t blame him at all

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Start of an exodus I think.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail your fulham analysis is flawed. We had gayle up front , mitro is irrelevant . when fit we havent played him a lot anyway. My point, as u know, is that more attack would murder this overrated league. All the other managers wud give their right arm for most of our players. To repeat yet again, i dont hate rafa. I quite like his manner etc and we did incredibky well to get him (did u praise Ashley? Doubt it….) I just think we could be further ahead with more adventurous approach.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster,

    Everyone has the right to criticise but I think what is so distasteful is the endless relish with which you appear to do so.

    nearly eveyr commen

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    nearly every comment appears to be negative or at best a back handed compliment. A bit of balance, especially in light of being top of the league, top scorers etc etc wouldn’t go amiss.
    Not too much to ask I wouldn’t have thought

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Quick note for the folks who slate Mitro for not getting on the scoresheet enough.

    Look at 0:52-0:57 in the NUFCTV clip of the Norwich highlights: https://www.nufc.co.uk/nufc-tv/highlights/norwich-a-highlights-16-17?

    Mitro is all the way at the left of the screen and prevents their CB from having a chance of challenging Ayoze. If Mitro isn’t aware of where the CB is or aware of what Ayoze is up to, he doesn’t get in the way of the CB and the CB would have been able to get close to a challenge on the shot…which would have hurried it and it may not have been as well-placed. Those kinds of ‘heads-up’ plays don’t get the accolades but help make everything around them tick.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m starting to wonder if some of Munster’s female relatives were taken advantage of by a Spanish Waiter!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Madison
    Are u also going to point out his numerous missed opportunities to score? As to offer the whole view of Mitros game

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  • Belfast

    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    You sound like you’re trying to sell a turd Madison. If he was more clinical we would have won. He’s not terrible though and he’ll do as back up until the summer.

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    The misses have been beat to death on here so if you haven’t heard about them yet, I’d suggest you just go back a few threads 🙂 Just pointing out things that appear to be missed from the discussion.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Madison
    Haha true and aye he will do something that go unnoticed but hes have to be utterly useless to do nothing good in the amount of time hes on the pitch when he starts and tbf hes not utterly useless just mostly

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Though that goal has next to nothing to do with Mitro sorry haha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Munster,
    Imo it isn’t flawed st all, Gayle was struggling badly that night and we needed something else to change it up and Mitro would have made a huge difference. You’re right, I haven’t praised Ashley, why should I, Rafa was his last roll of the dice annd Mclaren would have been here until someone like WBA or Stoke came to his recue if he’d managed to keep us in woeful mediocrity. Keeping Rafa was only done because KB or one of his other advisors pointed out how long Middlesboro stayed down. I’d have praised Ashley if he’d brought in Rafa after Hoots was sacked instead of bringing in that grovelling loser he’d have had here for the rest of his tenure.

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh aye, he didn’t make the goal or have much of any involvement in it, but when people are just looking at specific instances of his play (e.g. the on-on-one from 20 yds) where they wished he’s scored, they should also consider other important instances of his play. Just trying to be even-handed in his critique (IMO he certainly deserves criticism).

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  • Jib

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Madison
    Welcome to the realisation that this blog is rammed with opinionated windbags who know very little about footy but can waffle on for hours using the little they do know ad nauseum .

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Saivet in the line-up for Saint-Etienne tonight.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Madison
    Did seem like u were struggling to find something good to say about him mate haha

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh the irony, you’ve just described yourself perfectly.

    Minus the homophobic, rascist and downright vile gob. Don’t forget that next time.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #20

    BBC:-

    “Meanwhile, the £30m man Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle were laughing all the way to the bank with that one) comes off as Georges-Kevin N’Koudou enters the action.”

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Ron Knee

    If only that 30m was going to be available to Rafa.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    No sympathy for Villa and their fans and I hope we whup their Brummy asses so we can gloat as they did with us during our demise.

    Mitrovic surely isn’t as bad as some are suggesting. He needs a run of games and a few goals to show his true worth.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #23

    betty
    He had a run of games last season and was the same as he is now mate

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  • Jib

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Tim Krul has let in 3
    AZ Alkmaar 1 Lyon 3

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  • sing in the corner

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Villa are genuinely in the clarts. They spent a bit of cash on a background of going down, difficult to shift high wage earners, a fickle support turning their backs on them, and now they are flirting with relegation again.
    No sympathy whatsoever. The bad blood between our two clubs has been festering for a little while now.
    Let’s stuff it up them!!

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  • Jib

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Never lose sight of the fact that Mitro is not a Benitez signing and Rafa rarely keeps players he hasn’t signd past a season .

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  • curmon

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry to hear about your high PSA reading.

    Did you have a radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy.

    I would have another psa test ASAP, as it could be a false reading.

    REgards

    Curmon

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Me either, would quite happily see them and their turncoat manager slip in to the abyss. People harping on about Rafa only doing what’s expected but Villa spent a few quid as well to show it isn’t as easy as it seems getting out of this league.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Jibberish@26,
    Do you just pluck random bullshit out of the sky in the hope that people will just nod their heads.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Havent Villa spent more than any Championship team in history now? Am sure I heard that somewhere

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail
    Nar he plucks random crap out of the air in hope someone will notice him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #32

    What was your last piece of wisdom, Mclaren fielded a weakened FA cup team against title chasing Leicester and that Pardew overseen the third round defeat in 2010.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #33

    WWS…… I think last season he was trying too hard to impress and his passion got the better of him. Obviously with Gayle consistently doing the biz and Rafa only playing one up front it’s hard for him to show any level of consistency.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    sitc,
    It was totally unnecessary as well considering we’ve had nothing really to do with each other over the years.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Sorry about your test result, Ed. All the best!

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #36

    betty
    Id say he has been pretty consistent mate

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Darlow will eventually prove to be dodgy, never had faith in him, and he will never install confidence in fellow players, educated fans and a decent manager.

    Rafa will get rid. Sooner have the other keepers in, Sels included, he has potential rather than Darlow.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed – hope the next round of treatment progresses well for you. I know about this – we are fortunate here in Newcastle to have the Freeman Hospital and Maggies Centre to help us fight these battles.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #39

    WW…,
    Villa have spent around 57M this season, I think Moanster should divert his attention to RDM and the guy he wanted here.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #40

    OK Jail and Rotunda, I wont make comments with relish of a negative nature but my criticisms are fair I think. If you heard my young fella singing the Rafa song you’d know I don’t hate him. But the “control” he mentions in every single press conference is often at the expense of wins. I think we should be 6 points further ahead . Against Fulham, Gayle was struggling because the team was playing sideways conservative football and the players were more concerned with keeping shape ( a known Rafa obsession) , than going and taking on Fulham. Not to worry, roll on Villa, a club I hate.

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