Mark Clattenburg turned down a £1 million-a-year offer from the Chinese Super League before opting to take a role in Saudi Arabia, according to The Sun.
Clattenburg was widely considered one of the best referees in the world during his time in the Premier League. He took charge of the European Championship and Champions League finals in 2016, which was testament to how highly thought off he is as an official.
However, Premier League bosses have been left with a headache as Clattenburg has jumped ship to soak up the sun in Saudi Arabia. As The Sun report, he will now earn £500,000-a-year, double his previous earnings as an English-based official.
The tabloid do also report, though, that he could have pocketed even more. The Sun believe that Clattenburg snubbed a £1 million-a-year proposal from China before accepting the offer from Saudi Arabia. Perhaps he isn’t solely money-driven after all – though, I’m sure he’ll survive on £500,000-a-year.