Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Saturday’s clash between West Brom and Bournemouth before completing his move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.
Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) announced last week that the 41-year-old would be leaving England in favour of the Arab nation, but it has been confirmed that he will take charge of four more fixtures before completing the switch.
Widely regarded as one of the best officials in the game, Clattenburg presided over the finals of last season’s Champions League, FA Cup and ultimate Euro 2016 clash between France and Portugal.
The Englishman, who has been a top-flight referee for 12 years, said of his impending move to the Middle East:
« 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. »
Reports claim the veteran official is set to earn £500,000 per year after tax when his transfer is completed.