Mark Clattenburg says he knew he wanted to quit refereeing in the Premier League after a
tirade by Jose Mourinho.
Clattenburg confirmed in February that he was leaving his role as a Premier League referee to become head of refereeing for
the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.
The 42-year-old made his Premier League debut in 2004, and says a January 2017
match between Manchester United and Stoke City was the game that convinced him to
The game, in which Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record
for Manchester United, ended in a 1-1 draw, and Mourinho felt his team deserved more.
“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
“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.