Mark Clattenburg Decided To Leave The Premier League After Being Told Off By Mourinho

Can anyone blame him?

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Remember when Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg buggered off for tax-free mojitos at the beginning of this year under the guise of a lucrative offer from the Saudi Arabia Football Federation?

We waved goodbye to a man many thought was the best ref our country had to offer, before taking one last opportunity to take the piss out of his cringe tattoos and forgetting about him forever.

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Until today. For it has been revealed that Clatters in fact left the profession because he'd had enough of being bollocked by top flight managers. Well, certain top flight managers.

Speaking on the Men in Blazers podcast Clattenburg let slip that one game in particular made his mind up for him. That well-known grudge match, Manchester United v Stoke. (Erm, what?)

He explained: "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."

"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."

He added: "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."

Sounds, emotional. We can only imagine that Clatters has some voodoo doll-style stickman tattoo of The Special One somewhere on his body as revenge.