Clattenburg's Premier League career not over yet

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.

"Since joining the PGMOL Select Group in 2004, Mark developed into one of our top officials, refereeing at the highest level and setting standards for others to follow".

Although his move to the Middle East is still on the cards, this will only happen at the end of the season - meaning football fans up and down the land can savour the final months of Clattenburg's Premier League career.

It was recently revealed that Clattenburg was quitting the Premier League to take up a post as Saudi Arabia's new refereeing chief with immediate effect.

A move to the US would be a major blow to Premier League chiefs, who are reeling from one of the league's best referees moving overseas.

More news: Syrian opposition to boycott Astana over Russian 'breaches'

Clattenburg, who is still under contact with the PGMOB, has now agreed to take charge of a number of matches between now and the send of the season.

"To see he prefers to go away is a pity".

Clattenburg is one of the world's leading referees and in 2016 he officiated the FA Cup final, Champions League final and Euro 2016 final.

The County Durham official, who became an assistant referee in the Northern League at 18, has reportedly grown unhappy with the level of public support officials are given by PGMOL and he has been linked with various lucrative moves overseas.

  • Tabitha Byrd