Referee Mark Clattenburg recalls X-rated blast at ‘idiot’ Jose Mourinho which ended career

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Mark Clattenburg hung up his whistle for Premier League duty back in February 2017. The Durham-born official is widely-regarded as one of the finest referees of his generation, and oversaw a Champions League final and a Euros final during his career, but he never saw eye-to-eye with Jose Mourinho.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has recalled the story of a dressing room visit from Jose Mourinho that led to his retirement.

Clattenburg reffed at the top level in English football for 13 years, as well as overseeing the 2016 Champions League Final and the Euro final that same year.

But in February 2017 he called time on officiating in the Premier League, replacing Howard Webb in the role of Head of Refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

And he has revealed that just a month before, he made the decision as a result of a visit from then-Manchester United manager Mourinho in which he left the Portuguese stunned with his rage.

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Writing for the Daily Mail, Clattenburg recounted: “It was Stoke versus Manchester United on January 21 2017. Wayne Rooney had broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record with a late free-kick for a 1-1 draw.

“It was not long after full-time when there was a knock at my dressing room door and United manager Jose Mourinho came in. I was just taking my boots off.

“‘You must be happy this time,’ I said. ‘You can’t blame me for that draw, can you?’

“‘I can,’ he said.

“He started going on about a handball in the penalty area by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

“‘What you on about?’ I said. ‘I got that right, I know I did.’

“‘No. I’ve seen the video. You were wrong.’

“He was going on and on. Shut up man, will you?

“I picked up my boot and launched it against the wall next to him.

“‘F***ing get out of my dressing room. Get out!’


“Mourinho froze. I lost it with him. I did not give a s*** any more.

“He did not know what to say. I was so fed up with all of the ridiculous mind games.

“I drove home while going over and over the Shawcross incident. I watched it on Match of the Day and I was right, the ball hit him flush on the chest. So why was Mourinho playing funny buggers with me?

“I went to bed that night and I knew I’d had enough. ‘You know what,’ I thought, ‘I can’t be bothered with idiots like that any more.’”

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