Premier League Referee Dropped After Attending Ed Sheeran Gig

Clattenburg dropped for weekend fixtures.

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped from the weekend’s Premier League fixtures after two breaches of protocol – including attending an Ed Sheeran gig, reports BBC Sport.

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The 39-year-old was in charge during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace and is in trouble with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

The first breach was when Clattenburg spoke on the phone to Palace manager Neil Warnock following the game with the Baggies and the second was leaving the ground alone.

It is specified by the referee body that all officials at a match must arrive and leave together for security and integrity reasons, whilst the Premier League states all officials must be present during conversations with bosses from the division.

Clattenburg left the stadium to travel to drive to Newcastle however so that he could watch musician Ed Sheeran in concert.

Yet that is likely to be the least of the issues for the ref, who missed a fairly blatant elbow on Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni fron West Brom defender Craig Dawson.

Clattenburg is a much respected figure in English football and was voted the second best referee in the country during a poll last season.

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