Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The Downfall Of England's Top Ref
Independent, January 29th, 2009 2:15PM

MOST READ


English referee Mark Clattenburg, 33, "was widely regarded as the brightest young talent in English football refereeing...who soared through the ranks in record time and looked destined for fame on the greatest stages," writes Nick Harris. But all that came to an end Wednesday when he was sacked as a Premier League referee following an inquiry into his financial affairs.
 
Clattenburg reffed his first English Football League game aged just 25, and four years later became a professional. At 30, he was named to the FIFA roster to take charge of international games. But Harris quotes sources as saying that his sacking, which is not in any way related to corruption in soccer, arose "from failing to disclose in full or on time details about debts relating to businesses he ran as an electrician, his former trade."
 
The referee was initially suspended last August when his bosses at Professional Game Match Officials Limited received emails alleging he had debts of $250,000 and "that he had sent an allegedly threatening email to a business associate." A five-month investigation ensued, with Clattenburg consistently protesting his innocence, but the PGMOL called him in last week and told him he was sacked. Clattenburg plans to appeal, but Harris says the case reflects the high standards now required for referees, and that personal debt outside of the game leaves a referee open to potential manipulation.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari turns criticism back onto the critics    
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is shrugging off criticism of several players as tension and excitement ...
Qatar begins down-sizing World Cup plans    
Qatar plans to scale back plans for the World Cup it is scheduled to host in ...
German unions request leniency for late arrival during World Cup    
German union leaders want employers to show leniency towards their soccer-supporting workers by allowing them to ...
Sao Paulo stadium not ready for proper test game    
The Arena Corinthians that will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup will not ...
Who's Who of coaches cited to take over for Moyes    
Well, perhaps David Moyes can take some solace from his firing by Manchester United in the ...
Reports: Ronaldo Fit for Bayern Clash     
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern ...
Reports: Moyes Set to be Fired     
According to various reports in England and elsewhere, David Moyes looks set to lose his job ...
Guardiola: Bayern 'Looked Like a Small Side' Ahead of UCL Semi    
In an interview with the Spanish press, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola opened up about the ...
Gerrard: I Had Given Up on Premier League Glory     
In an interview with the Telegraph published prior to Liverpool's 3-2 win at Norwich City on ...
Roma Reaches UCL After Lengthy Absence     
AS Roma on Saturday qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives