Clattenburg says Jose Mourinho pushed him to quitting

Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed how Jose Mourinho played a part in his deciding to quit his job.

Arguably one of the world’s best referees, Clattenburg quit refereeing last season in order to work in Saudi Arabia.

The 42-year-old has recently stated he purposely didn’t send-off Tottenham players during their clash with Chelsea at the end of the 2015-16 season.

And now, Clattenburg has revealed Mourinho forced him into quitting after the Manchester United boss sprayed him after a draw with Stoke City.

“I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn’t give,” he told the Men in Blazers podcast.

“I’d walked off that pitch at Stoke, which was always the coldest stadium, it was always wet and miserable, and refereeing Man United was never an easy match.

“To come off that match it felt immense that I’d actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I’d seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right but he’d put a seed of doubt into my mind.

“I drove home 250 miles thinking I’d made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, ‘do I really wanna be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee?’

“And I went soul-searching, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to and I had to get out.

“When I was offered the opportunity with Saudi Arabia it was an easy decision.”

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