Clattenburg steps down as head of the Egyptian Referees committee

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Jan 2023

Former renowned English referee Mark Clattenburg has resigned on Tuesday from his position as president of the Egyptian Referees Committee just after five months in charge, a statement read by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA)

Gamal allam EFA president (L) setting beside Mark Clattenburg (R) former president of the referees committee of EFA. Photo: EFA official Twitter account


Clattenburg, 47, was appointed on 5 August 2022 to improve the level of Egyptian referees who have come under fire for below-par performances during the previous seasons.

Local reports have referred, however, to disagreements between the Englishman and officials in the EFA which led to his ouster. 

The board of directors of EFA will hold an urgent meeting on Wednesday to decide on Clattenburg's resignation.

The EFA has reaffirmed its confidence in the Referees Committee, which will continue to operate normally under the leadership of Vice President Mohamed Farouk. 

Clattenburg is one of the most decorated English referees, having officiated in the elite Premier League for 13 years.

He also took charge of a number of high-profile games in Europe, including the Euro 2016 final and the Champions League final in the same year.

In early 2017, Clattenburg left the Premier League and replaced fellow Englishman Howard Webb as the head of Saudi Arabia's refereeing committee. Two years later, he became a professional referee in China.

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