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Mark Clattenburg Hilariously Rinses Almost Every Premier League Referee In New Book

Mark Clattenburg Hilariously Rinses Almost Every Premier League Referee In New Book

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has torn apart almost every referee in the English top-flight in his new autobiography, which is wonderfully-titled Whistle Blower: My Autobiography.

Clattenburg was generally viewed as one of the more controversial referees during his time officiating in the Premier League, and his autobiography has reverted to type.

"Clatts" goes two-footed on some of the Premier League's biggest personalities in his book, but he has little kind to say about his fellow Premier League whistleblowers.

He reveals he has little time for Mike Riley, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL).

Riley was referred to as “snide” and “a boring f***er”.

Meanwhile, David Elleray, the technical director of International Football Association Board, is called a “slippery, a sly toff”.

Fellow Premier League referee Martin Atkinson was called, incredibly, a capable referee but “a square”, “boring company” and “bitter”.

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As for Mike Dean, Clattenburg saw him as one of the 'good guys' in the Premier League.

Dean, however, is among a group that include; “a bunch of weirdos half the time” who work in “a world of former public schoolboys, geeks and back-stabbing bullies”.

Mark Clattenburg Tears Apart Premier League Referees

Clattenburg also reveals how he fell out with Howard Webb during Euro 2016 after Webb failed to invite his assistant to a BBC drinks party.

Andrew Dempsey

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