Referee Clattenburg Suspended

One of England’s top referees, Mark Clattenburg, has been suspended pending inquiries into reports of the official's alleged debts.

The FA and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd have decided to suspend referee
Mark Clattenburg, who is alleged to have run up debts relating to companies with which he is connected.

Clattenburg was scheduled to officiate in Sunday's FA Community Shield clash between Premier League champions Manchgester United and FA Cup winners Portsmouth, but he has been replaced by Peter Walton who will now officiate the Wembley showpiece.

The 33-year-old has been a Premier League referee since 2004. However, until the matter of his alleged indebtedness is resolved, he will be sideline and therefore won’t take charge of any matches when the new season kicks off on 16th August.

In a joint statement, the Football Association and PGMO said:

"PGMO is aware of media reports concerning alleged debts incurred by companies connected to referee Mark Clattenburg.

"It has been decided he will not officiate any matches pending enquiries into the background to these reports.

"The FA has also decided to appoint Peter Walton as referee for Sunday's FA Community Shield between Manchester United and Portsmouth in place of Mark Clattenburg."

A PGMO spokesman added: "It is in the best interests of Mark Clattenburg and the game that these reports are fully investigated and, during that time, he will not referee any matches.

"Mark Clattenburg is one of England's leading referees and we hope to resolve this matter swiftly."

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