Football Mark Clattenburg revealed
In the last week, Premier League referee Mike Dean has received death threats through social media leading him to take a week off of refereeing.
The renowned referee sent West Ham’s Tomas Soucek off in the dying embers of the match against Fulham, for an alleged intentional elbow on Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has admitted that receiving such threats isn’t anything new for officials.
“As a referee, abuse becomes routine. I used to get letters sent to my house. They would be directed to ‘Mark Clattenburg, Gosforth’ and my postie, thinking he was doing me a favour, delivered them,” wrote Clattenburg in the Daily Mail.
“Some of the abuse was vile and, yes, there were threats. ‘I’m going to do this and that to you, your wife, your children…’ I reported it to the police but, given the anonymity of it all, nobody was caught or convicted.”
Clattenburg also acknowledged that referees can sometimes get things wrong, but it doesn’t justify the insults given.
“Unfortunately the line is crossed far too often with social media, Michael Oliver had to move his family out of his house after the game between Juventus and Real Madrid back in 2018,” he said.
The referee explained that it is even easier now on social media than ever before to threat and insult referees.
“It’s hurtful, scary and worst of all, social media networks are allowing it to happen,” Clattenburg concluded.