Escape from Egypt. It sounds like the title of a spy movie, but it’s reality. It is the story of Mark Clattenburg, the famous former Premier League flautist, who has spent the last few years traveling the world as a referee pointer. Indeed, the now former referee retired in 2017, but soon after became the number one referee in Saudi Arabia, later also working in China and Greece.
As told by the sun, his last assignment was to manage the Egyptian umpires
, as well as convincing foreign whistleblowers to fly to Egypt. This is because for big matches – like the treacherous Cairo derby between Zamalek and Al-Ahly – it’s always better to have a pitch director coming in from the outside. However, now Clattenburg’s life has suddenly changed due to the attacks of Zamalek’s president, Mortada Mansour. He is the man who criticized the former Premier referee by saying – but it wasn’t true – that Clattenburg had left his wife to start a homosexual relationship. A very delicate subject in Egypt and this has created a rather dangerous climate around the ex-whistler, who has even received threats from Zamalek fans.
Relations with the Egyptian League
And so he decided to pack his bags and leave Egypt. Among other things, always as told by the sun, Clattenburg had not been paid for two months (with a salary of about 35,000 euros per month) and was concerned about the wrong decisions of some referees. In addition, the Egyptian League, independently of each other, began to change some of its designations. In short, a stay in the North African country was no longer an option for him.
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