Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted that Mark Clattenburg‘s exit from the Premier League is a blow to the English top flight.
The world’s top referee left the Premier League to take up a position in Saudi Arabia overseeing refereeing operations in football.
Clattenburg refereed all of the Euro 2016 final, the Champions League final and the FA Cup final last season.
Howard Webb resigned as Saudi Arabia’s head of refereeing 11 days ago, a position that Clattenburg could pick up.
Speaking in his press conference, Conte explained: “It’s a pity because he is really good.”
“It’s not good news for us because I repeat it’s important to have the best in the country and to see him leave the country is a pity.”
— Ernie Teng (@ernest71) February 17, 2017
One of the main reasons reported in why Clattenburg left the Premier League was his lack of support during an event with Juan Mata.
The ref was alledged to have used racist language to the Spaniard and John Obi Mikel when they were at Chelsea.