Premier league referee dropped for weekend’s fixtures after attending Ed Sheeran gig

Mark Clattenburg

Mark Clattenburg - Credit: PA

Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures after breaking protocol so he could watch Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran in concert.

It is understood Clattenburg drove home alone after officiating West Bromwich Albion’s home game against Crystal Palace so he could get back to Newcastle to watch Sheeran perform at the Metro Radio Arena.

The rules of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), state officials must travel to and from the ground together to protect their integrity and security.

It has also emerged that Clattenburg broke another rule by speaking to Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock on the phone after the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns.