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Ref Clattenburg calls time on Premier League career

Leading referee Mark Clattenburg is leaving the Premier League after 12 years to work in Saudi Arabia.

The 41-year-old Englishman's move was confirmed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation which provides and trains officials for the Premier League, English Football League and FA.

In a statement, PGMOL said: "The Professional Game Match Officials Limited would like to wish Mark Clattenburg well as he prepares for his move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

"Since joining the PGMOL Select Group in 2004, Mark developed into one of our top officials.

"Last season saw Mark achieve a memorable treble, on top of another consistently excellent season in the Premier League, as he officiated three major cup finals - the FA Cup final, the Uefa Champions League final and the Uefa Euro 2016 final.

"Mark has been a great asset to the English game and hopefully an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing."

Clattenburg has reportedly grown unhappy with the level of public support officials are given by PGMOL and has been linked with lucrative moves abroad.

With no Premier League fixtures this weekend, Clattenburg's final top-flight game was Arsenal's 2-0 win over Hull on Saturday.

Hull have also been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players, who surrounded Clattenburg following his decision to show only a yellow card to Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs for fouling Lazar Markovic.

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