Mark Clattenburg says he knew he wanted to quit refereeing in the Premier League after a tirade by Jose Mourinho.

Clattenburg confirmed in February that he was leaving his role as a Premier League referee to become head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

The 42-year-old made his Premier League debut in 2004, and says a January 2017 match between Manchester United and Stoke City was the game that convinced him to depart.

The game, in which Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for Manchester United, ended in a 1-1 draw, and Mourinho felt his team deserved more.

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“I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn’t give,” Clattenburg told the Men in Blazers podcast.

“To come off that match it felt immense that I’d actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I’d seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right but he’d put a seed of doubt into my mind.

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“I drove home 250 miles thinking I’d made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, ‘Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee?”

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