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Mark Clattenburg has revealed the very moment he decided to quit the Premier League

The controversial referee says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was the straw that broke the camel's back

Mark Clattenburg has revealed the very moment he decided he would quit the Premier League.

And it may be of very little surprise to some that Jose Mourinho is partly to blame.

While Clatts had been toying with the idea of leaving the English top tier for a couple of months having refereed the finals of the Champions League and Euro 2016, he claims he decided to leave after an altercation with the Red Devils boss.


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Speaking on the now infamous Men In Blazers podcast, which courted controversy over his comments about Tottenham Hotspur, he said his decision came soon after Mourinho came to speak to him in his dressing room after the Reds’ game against Stoke in January.

He said: “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.

“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.


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“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 wanna 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.

“When I was offered the opportunity with Saudi Arabia it was an easy decision.”

So there we go – Clattenburg (sort of) blames Jose for him leaving the Premier League.