Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg FLIES Egypt – and his £32,000 a month job – after a team’s president claimed he was in a homosexual relationship and threats from fans made him fear for his safety
- Mark Clattenburg has resigned from his position in Egypt over concerns about his safety
- The former Premier League official was threatened by Zamalek supporters
- Egypt’s FA confirmed his resignation but says security fears were “exaggerated”.
Mark Clattenburg has resigned from his job as head of Egypt’s refereeing committee over security concerns, after reportedly receiving threats from a number of supporters and personal attacks from the president of the same club.
The former Premier League referee took up the role last August, where he was tasked with improving the performance of officials in Egypt.
But Clattenburg has been heavily criticized by Mortada Mansour, the president of Zamalek Sporting Club, the 14-time record winner of the Egyptian Premier League.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has fled Egypt over security concerns
The Egyptian Football Association confirmed Clattenburg’s dismissal, but downplayed any security concerns
According to The Sun, Mansour criticized Clattenburg’s role within Egyptian football.
The Zamalek president also made allegations about the personal life of Clattenburg, who is believed to be estranged from his wife Claire.
Mansour had falsely claimed that he had left his wife to start a gay relationship.
The 47-year-old has reportedly faced threats from the club’s supporters, which led to his departure.
Clattenburg also worried that his umpires’ appointments were being changed by the league, while he struggled to persuade foreign officials to travel to the country to oversee major games.
The former referee was reportedly unpaid for two months of his £32,000 a month salary.
Clattenburg, pictured on a refereeing course in September 2022,
The Zamalek president falsely claimed Clattenburg had begun a gay relationship, with the ex-ref believed to be estranged from his wife, pictured here in 2015
The Egyptian Football Association has confirmed that Clattenburg is stepping down from his position, but the organization says his departure has yet to be confirmed.
“England Mark Clattenburg, head of the refereeing committee of the Egyptian Football Association, resigned on Tuesday evening,” a statement said.
The board of directors of the Egyptian Football Association will meet in an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide on Clattenburg’s resignation.
The Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that the Egyptian Football Association was ‘surprised’ by Clattenburg’s resignation.
The organization denied that referee appointments had been changed and said it would “support his return”.
The FA also claimed concerns for his safety were ‘exaggerated’ and labeled the country the ‘safest in the world’.
Clattenburg has held multiple overseas positions since stepping down as a Premier League referee in 2017.
Mark Clattenburg oversaw the 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe’s top officials
He initially took over as head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia, a role previously filled by Howard Webb.
Clattenburg has since worked in China and Greece before taking up the position in Egypt.
The former referee was seen as one of Europe’s top officials throughout his career, which was reflected in his oversight of the 2016 Champions League and European Championship finals.
Clattenburg commemorated the achievements with a pair of tattoos, including the Champions League trophy etched on his left wrist with the words Final Milano 2016 written underneath.
The tattoo commemorating the showpiece between Madrid rivals Real and Atletico, who won the former on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
He also got the Euro 2016 tournament logo tattooed on his left bicep to mark the second final, where Portugal beat France 1–0 after extra time.