Mark Clattenburg is quitting his job as a Premier League official to become Saudi Arabia’s new head of referees signing a one-year rolling contract. He is expected to leave before the next Premier League fixtures.

Howard Webb, another former top-flight official, resigned as Saudi Arabia’s head of refereeing 11 days ago.

His new post will involve working with Saudi referees to improve performance and improve the set-up of the organisation, while he will also take charge of some league games.

Speaking on a live broadcast on the Saudi Football Federation’s Twitter page, Clattenburg said: “This is an important move forward. We have professional referees in the country that I am leaving, which has been a big positive.

“One thing I’d like to do is work with the refereeing team and the president to make this happen so that it will be successful for many, many years to come.”

Keith Hackett in his daily column for the Telegraph offers his opinion.