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Referee Mark Clattenburg quitting England for Saudi Arabia

  • FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016  file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

    FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Tuesday Nov. 22, 2016 file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg of Britain as he shows a yellow card to Juventus' Patrice Evra during the Group H Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that  Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti, File)

    FILE - This is a Tuesday Nov. 22, 2016 file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg of Britain as he shows a yellow card to Juventus' Patrice Evra during the Group H Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016  file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

    FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 file photo of English referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia. The English refereeing organization announced Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 that Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take in the Middle East nation. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia.

The English refereeing organization announced Clattenburg's departure in a statement which didn't specify the role he will take.

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb has been director of referees for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, but he was hired last week by Major League Soccer to lead the development of video technology for on-field officials.

Clattenburg, whose departure date from the Premier League is yet to be announced, revealed in an interview with The Associated Press in December that he would like a job outside England.

Clattenburg refereed the finals of the European Championship, Champions League and FA Cup last year.