Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is forced to FLEE Egypt – and his £32,000-per-month job – after a team’s president accused him of being in a gay relationship and threats from fans left him fearing for his safety
- Mark Clattenburg has resigned from his role in Egypt over concerns for his safety
- The former Premier League official had faced threats from Zamalek supporters
- Egypt’s FA confirmed his resignation but say safety fears were an ‘exaggeration’
Mark Clattenburg has left his job as head of Egypt’s refereeing committee over safety concerns, after reportedly receiving threats from Zamalek supporters and personal attacks from the club’s president.
The former Premier League referee took up the role in Egypt last August, where he was tasked with boosting the performance of the officials in the nation.
Clattenburg has been heavily criticised by Mortada Mansour, the president of Zamalek Sporting Club, the 14-time record winners of the Egyptian Premier League.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has fled Egypt over safety concerns
The Egyptian FA confirmed Clattenburg’s resignation but played down safety concerns
Mansour crticised Clattenburg’s role within Egyptian football, according to the Sun, while incorrectly claiming he had left his wife to start a gay relationship.
The 47-year-old has reportedly faced threats from the club’s supporters, prompting his departure.
Clattenburg also had concerns his refereeing appointments were being changed by the league, while he struggled to persuade foreign officials to travel to the nation to oversee big matches.
The former referee had reportedly not been paid two months of his £32,000-a-month salary.
Zamalek’s President incorrectly said Clattenburg had left his wife to start a gay relationship
The Egyptian Football Association confirmed Clattenburg has resigned from his post, but the organisation says his exit still need to be ratified.
‘England’s Mark Clattenburg, head of the Referees Committee of the Egyptian Football Association, resigned from his post on Tuesday evening,’ a statement read.
‘The Board of Directors of the Egyptian Football Association will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday, to decide on Clattenburg’s resignation.
Mark Clattenburg oversaw the 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe’s top officials
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that the Egyptian FA were ‘surprised’ by Clattenburg’s resignation.
The organisation denied refereeing appointments had been changed and said it would ‘support his return’.
The FA also claimed concerns over his safety were ‘an exaggeration’, labelling the country as the ‘safest in the world’.
Clattenburg has held multiple roles abroad since stepping down as a Premier League referee in 2017.
He initially took over as head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia, a role previously held by Howard Webb.
Clattenburg has since worked in China and Greece, before taking up the position in Egypt.