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Published: Sat, December 31, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Clattenburg named referee of the year

Clattenburg named referee of the year

After collecting his referee of the year award at a ceremony in Dubai, he admitted that he might consider a move to China in some form of development role as the league looks to grow.

Over the last eighteen months or so, the folks in charge of the Chinese Super League have shown that they're willing to spend silly money in order to secure the services of some of football's biggest names.

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Bookmakers Ladbrokes are offering odds of 25-1 for the Premier League official to make the unprecedented move.

Others were more concerned that other Premier League referees were being overlooked by the Chinese Super League.

Acknowledging that an official approach from China is yet to be made, the Premier League referee has let it be known that he'd be open to the idea of upping sticks to the CSL.

Clattenburg is regarded as one of the best referees in the world and has reffed in this years FA Cup, Champions League and Euro Finals. Then, to complete an impressive refereeing hat-trick, he was also the man in the middle for Portugal's triumph over France in the final of the European Championships.

Clattenburg was also praised for his handling of crowd trouble during the group match between the Czech Republic and Croatia in Saint-Etienne, when Croatian hooligans threw flares onto the pitch.

But the whole incident, which Chelsea refused to apologise for, certainly took its toll on the 41-year-old, who was named the Referee of the Year this week.

Chinese clubs have been spending millions of Euro on high-profile players for the last number of years, with Carlos Tevez the latest to be lured by becoming the best-paid player in the world.

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