England's top referee Mark Clattenburg will quit the Premier League in favour of a mega-money move to Saudi Arabia, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited has announced.
According to The Sun, the top-flight referee was sick of not getting support from the officials’ governing body.
The 41-year-old will now officially announce his transfer to the Middle East this afternoon.
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A statement from Professional Game Match Officials Limited said: “The PGMOL would like to wish Mark Clattenburg well as he prepares for his move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.
“Since joining the PGMO Select Group in 2004, Mark developed into one of our top officials, refereeing at the highest level and setting standards for others to follow.
“Mark is a talented referee, he has been a great asset to the English game and hopefully an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing at the grass roots of the game.
“We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark as well as further underlining what high esteem English match officials are held throughout the world game.”
Clattenburg has refereed a number of notable matches, including the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Euro 2016 Final.