Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been suspended by the PGMOL for allegedly breaking protocol, according to the Daily Mail. It is believed that he travelled to and from the West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace game on his own on Saturday, as he was going to an Ed Sheeran concert the same night.
Clattenburg also reportedly broke protocol by speaking to Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock in his car following the game.
Premier League regulations state that the referee and his assistants must travel together for security reasons. Clattenburg is reported to have travelled to the game in his own car, in order to get back to his hometown, Newcastle, in time to see award winning singer Ed Sheeran play live.
It is also believed that the referee spoke to Neil Warnock after the game. Even though referees are permitted to speak to managers following a game, the problem lies in the fact that all four officials are supposed to be present when the conversation takes place.
Warnock is said to be upset about West Brom’s goal, in which keeper Julian Speroni was knocked unconscious after taking a strong elbow to the face from Craig Dawson. He was also reportedly aggrieved that his Palace side didn’t receive a late penalty when Wilfried Zaha was fouled in the box.
Clattenburg will still be allowed to referee tonight’s Capital One Cup tie between Tottenham and Brighton at White Hart Lane, but has been replaced by Stuart Attwell for the next round of Premier League fixtures. It is unknown how long it will be before he is allowed to officiate again.
Clattenburg has had many controversies in his career. In January 2005, he failed to award Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes a clear last minute equaliser at Old Trafford, even though the ball was way over the line.
He was sacked in August 2008 over ‘business dealings’. It was alleged that he owed somebody £60,000 after a deal had gone wrong, however, he was reinstated in 2009.
He sent off Craig Bellamy in 2009 for a second bookable offence, after asking the Manchester City bench ‘How do you work with Craig Bellamy all week?’. Then, in October 2012, he was accused of racially abusing Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel. However, all charges were eventually dropped, as he was deemed to have no case to answer. The latest incident came earlier this year, when he upset Adam Lallana by telling him that he ‘had changed’.