Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg FLEES Egypt – and his £32,000-a-month job

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Mark Clattenburg has quit his job as head of Egypt’s refereeing committee over security concerns after he reportedly received threats from a group of supporters and personal attacks from club officials.

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The former Premier League referee took up the role last August, where he was tasked with boosting the performance of officials in Egypt.

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But Zamalek Sporting club president Mortada Mansour has heavily criticized Clattenburg, who is a record 14-time winner of Egypt’s Premier League.

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has fled Egypt over security concerns

Egypt FA confirms Clattenburg's resignation but downplays any security concerns

Egypt FA confirms Clattenburg’s resignation but downplays any security concerns

Mansour criticized Clattenburg’s role within Egyptian football Sun, In a TV appearance, Mansour called out the Englishman for corruption while playing a similar role in Saudi Arabia, describing him as a ‘bribe-taker’ and suggesting that he had given some matches to certain referees in order to finish matches quicker. The claims are completely baseless.

Clattenburg, who is understood to be estranged from his wife Claire, has also faced allegations over Mansour’s personal life.

It has been falsely claimed that he left his wife to start a homosexual relationship.

Mortada Mansour, the president of Zamalek Sporting Club, has criticized Clattenburg on TV.

Mortada Mansour, the president of Zamalek Sporting Club, has criticized Clattenburg on TV.

Although homosexual sexual activity is not explicitly criminalized in Egypt, LGBT people have been prosecuted for ‘misbehavior’ in the past and there is little public acceptance of homosexuality.

Khaled Abu Bakr, a prominent Egyptian lawyer, has called for immediate government intervention to address the corruption allegations against Clattenburg, warning that the situation could pose untold threats to the country’s international reputation in sport.

The 47-year-old also reportedly faced threats from Zamalek supporters, which led to his departure.

Clattenburg was also concerned that his refereeing appointments were being changed by the league, while he struggled to persuade foreign officials to travel to the country to oversee big matches.

The former referee was reportedly not paid two months’ worth of his £32,000-a-month salary.

Clattenburg, pictured on a refereeing course in September 2022, was the subject of threats

Clattenburg, pictured on a refereeing course in September 2022, was the subject of threats

Zamalek's president falsely claimed that Clattenburg (pictured with his wife Claire at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) had started a homosexual relationship

Zamalek’s president falsely claimed that Clattenburg (pictured with his wife Claire at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) had started a homosexual relationship

The Egyptian Football Association confirmed that Clattenburg had resigned from his position, but the organization says his exit is yet to be confirmed.

“England’s Mark Clattenburg, head of the Egyptian Football Association’s refereeing committee, resigned from his position on Tuesday evening,” said a statement.

The Egyptian Football Federation’s board of directors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide on Clattenburg’s resignation.

Egyptian newspaper al-ahram reported that the Egyptian FA were ‘shocked’ by Clattenburg’s resignation.

The organization denied that referee appointments had been changed and said it would ‘support their return’.

The FA also claimed that concerns over their safety were ‘an exaggeration’, labeling the country ‘the safest in the world’.

Clattenburg oversaw 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe's leading officials

Clattenburg oversaw 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe’s leading officials

Since stepping down as a Premier League referee in 2017, Clattenburg has held a number of roles abroad.

He initially took over as head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia, a role previously held by former Premier League official Howard Webb.

Clattenburg has since worked in China and Greece before taking up the position in Egypt.

The former referee was viewed as one of Europe’s top officials during his career, which was reflected in his overseeing the Champions League and European Championship finals in 2016.

Clattenburg commemorated the achievements with a pair of tattoos featuring the Champions League trophy on his left wrist along with the words FINAL Milano 2016.

Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg FLEES Egypt – and his £32,000-a-month job

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