How Mourinho Made Me Quit England – Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has said that Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s manager, had influenced his decision to quit England. The seasoned referee is now the head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

He said in a podcast that the Red Devils coach had come into his dressing room to accuse him of not giving his team a clear penalty at Stoke City in January, 2017. The match, in which Wayne Rooney broke legend Bobby Charlton’s scoring record, had ended 1-1.

He said he had driven home with different thoughts in his head before he finally decided he was leaving England to work elsewhere.

“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,” Clattenburg told the 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.”

Clattenburg made his Premier League debut in 2004.

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