A Premier League referee has been suspended from officiating at matches whilst an investigation into reports of alleged huge debts is undertaken. Mark Clattenburg has been suspended from refereeing the Community Shield game at Wembley this weekend between Manchester United and Portsmouth.
The Football Association and referees’ body, Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, acted after allegations relating to debts of companies connected to him.
A joint statement from the FA and PGMO read: “PGMO is aware of media reports concerning alleged debts incurred by companies connected to referee Mark Clattenburg. Mark Clattenburg is one of England’s leading referees and we hope to resolve this matter swiftly. 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.”
On 27th June at Newcastle County Court Clattenburg’s firm MC Electrical Retail NE Ltd was wound up under the Insolvency Act. Business associate John Hepworth took legal action in a bid to recover a debt reported to be almost Ã‚Â£60,000.
(Source – BBC)
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