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Clattenburg claims Mikel almost ended his career in England

Clattenburg claims Mikel almost ended his career in England

- Mark Clattenburg revealed he almost quit his job because of Mikel obi

- The former Premier League referee was accused of racial comments

- England has no referee and official for the Russia 2018 World Cup

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has stated one of the most challenging moments in his career.

The 43-year-old who will be part of ITV's team at this summer's World Cup opened up on the racist allegations made against Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi back in 2012.

The referee was alleged to have abused the then Chelsea midfielder after a clash with Manchester United and admits he considered quitting as a result.

Mark Clattenburg

Clattenburg officiating a match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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"The first few days I was soul-searching you know you’re innocent yet you’re made to feel otherwise.

"I knew it wasn’t true, but I could not speak. Me and my family went through hell — I even thought about quitting."

Meanwhile, out of the 99 officials chosen, no England referee and assistant were chosen to officiate at the forthcoming Russia 2018 World Cup.

Also, had earlier reported that retired Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a three-match ban by UEFA for his spat with England referee Michael Oliver.

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Buffon was sent off by Oliver for misconduct following the penalty the English referee awarded to Real Madrid in their Champions League second league quarter final clash.

Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Vasquez in the 93rd minute of the match as the Serie A side were three-goals up.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the resulting spot-kick to seal Real's passage to the semis but Oliver and his family received several threats on social media afterwards.

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