Earlier this week, the Daily Mail reported that 'fears are growing' that Mark Clattenburg could quit the Premier League. Exactly who was having these emotions they did not specify.
Clattenburg was said to be weary of the scrutiny to which Premier League referees are subjected.
The 41-year-old would apparently be open, should an offer come, to a move to MLS. The Chinese Super League and its mountains of cash also interested. Clattenburg actually said in late December that if an offer came from China, he'd have to consider it.
If an opportunity came along – I am contracted to the Premier League – but I have to look at my long-term strategy of my career. How long can I last as a referee?
There is no offer on the table but if they made an offer it would be under consideration.
Further to this, The Sun report that Clattenburg could quit English football before the next round of fixtures - that comes on February 25th.
They say he has become 'disillusioned' by a deficit of support being forthcoming from the referees' governing body which is managed by Mike Riley and that a statement regarding his decision is imminent.
Clattenburg apparently wanted to be released from his contract before Christmas but a 12-month notice period was required and his request was turned down.