Premier League revelation: Mark Clattenburg reveals the player who ‘annoys EVERYONE’

The former Premier League referee is returning to England to take charge of CONIFA World Cup games as part of a deal with Paddy Power.

The tournament will see new laws brought in, including a green cad that means players must be subbed off for dissent or diving.

Although there is another one law Clattenburg thinks should be added – the awarding of a corner if a goalkeeper wastes time.

And he says there is one person who would hate it – the ‘annoying’ West Brom keeper Ben Foster.

Clattenburg said: “There are a few rule changes I’d like to see. I really like the Green Card that’s been introduced to the CONIFA World Football Cup in London this month by Paddy Power.

“It means players will get dismissed for dissent or diving, forcing their team to substitute them. I think FIFA should follow suit, absolutely. It’ll address two major issues in our game.

“I’d also like to introduce a new way of punishing time-wasting by goalkeepers. When they take too long with a goal kick, give a corner rather than a yellow card.

“If you book them, the keeper is laughing, because it’s the 88th minute and he’s just delaying the game further. Ben Foster is one of the worst for ‘absorbing time’ and it annoys everyone.

“You’d probably never use it, because they’d be too scared to give away a corner, but the threat would work.”

Clattenburg is returning to London to referee again for the first time since his controversial departure.

He quit to work in Saudi Arabia but is now back on home soil to ref some of the smallest countries not recognised by FIFA in the CONIFA World Cup.

The top ref added: “It’s a relief to get away from the Premier League. The pressures inside your own country are sometimes more difficult than high-profile international games.

“It can affect your family. All the social media things that are written, it affects people who know you. Where, if you make the same mistakes abroad, nobody seems to comment.

“I think more of our referees will go overseas. In the Premier League, people are criticising you constantly. When you go abroad you don’t seem to get spoken about.

“That criticism is one of the catalysts for my decision to quit the Premier League. Is it worth doing this job? You make a right decision, you’re told it’s wrong, and you’re driving home hundreds of miles with that in your head.

“Managers never come out and apologise for it, or come into the dressing room privately and say they’ve made a mistake. The drama of it is unique, but I don’t miss the day-to-day Premier League.”

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