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.