Referee Mark Clattenburg bio

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Birtley (Durham)
Electrician and full-time referee
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post-war milestone


Mark Clattenburg refereed his 1st Football League match at the age of just 25 - a post-war milestone at the time. He had served only one year as an assistant - a record shared with Steve Baines.

rapid promotion
Mark Clattenburg made a quick progression through the ranks to the National list in 2000 and the select group of referees in 2004.

earlier than
He became a FIFA referee in 2006 at the age of only thirty. He reached this distinction earlier than any English referee in living memory. August 2007 he did a qualifier for the Champions League, a month later one for Euro 2008. He was an Elite Development category referee since halfway 2011 and promoted to the Elite January 2012.

In August 2008 the FA suspended Clattenburg pending inquiries into reports of his alleged debts of about £60,000. Apparently the electrical company (MC Electrical Retail NE Ltd ) he owned had failed. The referee had been suspended because he had not kept PGMOL informed on any developments in his off-the-pitch affairs. (read on in the did-you-know section). Clattenburg was actually sacked by the Federation, but he fought his dismissal, won and was reinstated April 1st 2009.

4 matches in the 2011 World Cup u20, one a semi-final.

It is Webb who is selected for Euro 2012, but Clattenburg got the Olympic Tournament and both are on the 2014 World Cup long list.

2012 Olympic Final
Mark Clattenburg was handed the honour of refereeing the 2012 Olympic Games men'€™s football Final on Saturday August 11, 2012 between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley Stadium. He formed part of an English refereeing team also including Stephen Child and Simon Beck

Mark Clattenburg has been been appointed to take charge of EURO 2016.

From our reporter: Karl Muller