Referee Mark Clattenburg dropped for this weekend’s fixtures

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend’s Premier League features following a two breaches of conduct surrounding West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last week, Sky Sports is reporting.

A series of stories in the national papers claimed that Clattenburg firstly travelled to the Hawthorns in a separate car to the rest of the officials for the match as he wanted to be able to leave in time to attend an Ed Sheeran concert.

But under Premier League regulations, all match day officials have to travel to and from the game together to maintain integrity and the safety of the party.

It has also been reported that during his travelling away from the game he took a call from infuriated Neil Warnock in his car – again breaking regulations.

Warnock had been aggrieved by a number of decisions throughout the game, including what replays showed to be a clear penalty for a foul on Wilfried Zaha and Victor Anichebe’s equaliser.

The regulations state that a referee cannot talk to a manager of a club after the game without all the officials present or permission from a referee’s governing body.

Clattenburg is regarded as one of the strongest referees in the country, especially since the retirement of Howard Webb.

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