Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg was forced to leave his position as head of Egypt’s refereeing committee after receiving death threats from club officials and supporters.
Many fans of the Premier League will be familiar with Clattenburg after he spent well over a decade as a referee in the league. He retired from refereeing in England in 2017 and took up a position in the Chinese Super League until 2020 when he officially retired.
Then five months ago, the former referee took up the position of head of Egypt’s refereeing committee where he was reportedly paid £32,000 a month.
However, this dream job has turned into a nightmare after he was accused of match-fixing and being in a gay relationship.
Mark Clattenburg was forced to flee Egypt over concerns for his safety. 👀
The former Premier League referee has resigned from his job after receiving abuse from the Zamalek SC president claiming Clattenburg left his wife to be in a relationship with a man.
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 25, 2023
The accusations were started by Mortada Mansour, the president of Zamalek Sporting Club and many of the club’s supporters have rallied against Clattenburg.
Mansour made an appearance on Egyptian television where he labelled the English referee as a ‘bribed man’.
All these claims are baseless but it hasn’t stopped the supporters from attacking Clattenburg who has inevitably fled the country. According to reports, he has also not been paid for two months of work by the Egyptian FA.