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Clattenburg to stay in Premier League for three months

Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee in the Premier League until the end of the season.

Mark Clatternburg will officiate in the Premier League until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia but the official will remain in English football for the rest of the current campaign.

The Premier League have appointed Clattenburg to take charge of Saturday's game between West Brom and Bournemouth at the Hawthorns.

And Press Association Sport understands he will be continue to be considered for fixtures until the summer.

However, it is also understood that commitments relating to his new role in Saudi Arabia, as well as the fact he will not be refereeing in England next season, could limit the number of matches Clattenburg is appointed to.

It had been expected that Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

The 41-year-old is considered one of the top referees in English football after taking charge of the Euro 2016 final, Champions League final and FA Cup final last season.

Clattenburg will replace another former Premier League referee in Saudi Arabia. Howard Webb resigned from his position as head of refereeing there earlier this month, and will take up a role with Major League Soccer next month.


Clattenburg apologised for missing Alexis handball - Hull defender Robertson

A goal's eye view of Alexis' controversial first goal against Hull. Credit: PA

Defender Andy Robertson said referee Mark Clattenburg apologised to Hull's players for allowing Alexis Sanchez's opener in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Sanchez appeared to handle the ball into the net in the 34th minute at the Emirates Stadium before sealing victory from the penalty spot in time added on after Tigers midfielder Sam Clucas was sent off for handling on the line.

"Yeah, it was handball," Robertson told Sky Sports 1. "When we came out at half-time, the referee's apologised to us and said there was handball so he's obviously looked at it at half-time and seen he was in the wrong.

"It happened so quick that it's a tough one for the ref, you've got to kind of feel sorry for him and that, but at the end of the day those decisions don't really go for you when you come to these big stadiums and that's killed us at the end of the day because if we go in 0-0 at half-time I think we would have come away with some points.

"He says he wasn't 100 per cent sure. Obviously we can argue then that he shouldn't have given the goal if he wasn't sure but I think he argued it the other way that if he wasn't sure then he had to give the goal.

"That's the explanation he gave us – obviously not many referees admit they're wrong so it's good, but it doesn't make it any better."

Chelsea 'regrets impact' of allegations on Clattenburg

Chelsea Football Club has expressed regret over the club's handling of the Mark Clattenburg racism allegation in a joint statement issued with the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd and the Premier League.

There was a constructive and open discussion.

The club regrets not having given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28th October.

The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family.

It added that the club would have "no issue" with Clattenburg refereeing future fixtures featuring Chelsea.

Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.


Referees' union: Clattenburg deserves 'apology' from Chelsea

Alan Leighton, the national secretary of the referees union Prospect, said: "Mark Clattenburg deserves a full and unreserved apology from Chelsea. He deserves compensation for loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and stress.

Chelsea's Mikel (centre) with referee Mark Clattenburg. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

"In addition, Chelsea should make a sizeable donation to Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out to help the fight against racism in football and beyond."

He added: "This was a charge brought on the flimsiest of evidence that should never have got to this stage. The internal inquiry mounted by Chelsea and their QC rested on a dossier of evidence consisting of just one witness statement in relation to the specific allegation against Mark.

"This matter should never have been made public and should have been dealt with confidentially."

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