Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg had to flee Egypt due to concerns for his safety

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been forced to flee Egypt – and his £32,000-a-month job – after a team chairman accused him of being in a homosexual relationship and fans threatened him with his job. intimidated to safety

  • Mark Clattenburg has resigned from his role in Egypt over security concerns
  • Former Premier League official faced threats from Zamalek supporters
  • Egypt’s FA confirms his resignation but says security fears were an ‘exaggeration’

Mark Clattenburg has quit his job as head of EgyptAfter reportedly receiving threats from Zamalek supporters and personal attacks from the club’s president, the refereeing committee over security concerns.

the former Premier League The referee took on the role in Egypt last August, where he was tasked with boosting the performance of officials in the country.

Zamalek Sporting club president Mortada Mansour has heavily criticized Clattenburg, who is a record 14-time winner of the Egyptian Premier League.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has fled Egypt over security concerns

Egypt's FA confirms Clattenburg's resignation but downplays security concerns

Egypt’s FA confirms Clattenburg’s resignation but downplays security concerns

Mansour criticized Clattenburg’s role within Egyptian football Sun,

The Zamalek president also makes allegations regarding Clattenburg’s personal life, which is understood to be estranged from his wife.

Mansoor falsely claimed that he had left his wife to start a homosexual relationship.

The 47-year-old reportedly faced threats from the club’s supporters, which led to his departure.

Zamalek's president falsely claimed that Clattenburg had started a homosexual relationship, with the ex-referee understood to be estranged from his wife, pictured here in 2015

Zamalek’s president falsely claimed that Clattenburg had started a homosexual relationship, with the ex-referee understood to be estranged from his wife, pictured here in 2015

Clattenburg was also concerned that his refereeing appointments were being changed by the league, while he struggled to persuade foreign officials to travel to the country to oversee big matches.

The former referee was reportedly not paid two months’ worth of his £32,000-a-month salary.

The Egyptian Football Association confirmed that Clattenburg had resigned from his position, but the organization says his exit is yet to be confirmed.

Mark Clattenburg oversees the 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe's top officials

Mark Clattenburg oversees the 2016 Champions League final as one of Europe’s top officials

“England’s Mark Clattenburg, head of the Egyptian Football Association’s refereeing committee, resigned from his position on Tuesday evening,” said a statement.

The Egyptian Football Federation’s board of directors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide on Clattenburg’s resignation.

Egyptian newspaper al-ahram reported that the Egyptian FA were ‘shocked’ by Clattenburg’s resignation.

The organization denied that referee appointments had been changed and said it would ‘support their return’.

The FA also claimed that concerns over their safety were ‘an exaggeration’, labeling the country ‘the safest in the world’.

Since stepping down as a Premier League referee in 2017, Clattenburg has held a number of roles abroad.

He initially took over as head of refereeing in Saudi Arabia, a role previously held by Howard Webb.

Clattenburg had the logo on his arm for the Champions League and Euro 2016

Clattenburg had the logo on his arm for the Champions League and Euro 2016

Clattenburg has since worked in China and Greece before taking up the position in Egypt.

The former referee was viewed as one of Europe’s top officials during his career, which was reflected in his overseeing the Champions League and European Championship finals in 2016.

Clattenburg commemorated the achievements with a pair of tattoos featuring the Champions League trophy on his left wrist along with the words FINAL Milano 2016.

Tattoo to commemorate the showpiece game between Madrid rivals Real and Atlético, which the former won on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

He also had the logo of the Euro 2016 tournament tattooed on his left bicep to mark the second final, where Portugal defeated France 1–0 after extra time.