Top former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg has opened up on how Manchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho helped engineered his abrupt exit from the EPL.
The referee says he was subject of
a tirade from the Manchester United manager after a game at Stoke in January and that proved to be the proverbial last straw that broke the camel's back.
"I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton's record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn't give," Clattenburg told the Men in Blazers podcast.
"I'd walked off that pitch at Stoke, which was always the coldest stadium, it was always wet and miserable, and refereeing Man United was never an easy match.
"To come off that match it felt immense that I'd actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I'd seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right but he'd put a seed of doubt into my mind.
"I drove home 250 miles thinking I'd made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, 'Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee?'
"And I went soul-searching, I wasn't enjoying it as much as I used to and I had to get out."
The 42-year-old made his Premier League debut in 2004,
and says a January 2017 match between Manchester United and Stoke City was the game that convinced him to depart.