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Feb 15

Preparing for life without a foremost national asset, Mark Clattenburg | Marina Hyde

Premier League referee’s come-and-get-me plea to the MLS or China displays all the hallmarks of being dictated by his agent, and after lunch at that

Funny to think that Mark Clattenburg inking a sponsorship deal while still a serving referee once felt like a harbinger of the endtimes. O Premier League, what hath you wrought? These days, alas, you get an altogether more worrying class of harbinger. Take the starstruck member of Donald Trump’s gopping Floridian private members club, Mar-a-Lago, who spent the weekend filling his social media with insanely revelatory posts about the presidential entourage. “This is Rick … He carries the ‘football’. The nuclear football (also known as the atomic football, the president’s Emergency Satchel, the button, the black box, or just the football) is a briefcase, the contents of which are to be used by the President of the United States to authorise a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centres …”

Ooh, we didn’t know we were born, did we, when Clattenburg refused to follow the precedent set by Pierluigi Collina, and resign his career in officialdom in order to monetise an advertising opportunity. Mark simply unveiled a commercial for a hair loss clinic – “the hardest decision to make is to pick up the phone and make that call” – and sauntered right back into making far easier calls on the pitch. He bestrode the worlds of plugging hair plugs and calling players “mate” like a Colossus. As he once explained, “the players identify with me”. (But do they want to? I suspect players want to identify with referees about as much as ladies want to date a man whose best friend is his mum.)

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Jan 30

MLS can’t compete with China’s millions – so it should focus on youth

In the face of the lavish salaries in the Chinese Super League, MLS clubs might have to pump the brakes on ageing stars. But that could prove to be a blessing

A giant is rising in the east, intent on disrupting world football’s consensus. The Chinese Super League, with its many cash-rich clubs owned by various billionaires, has been rampaging through recent transfer windows, prying away star players from the old guard in Europe.

And it’s happened quickly: Oscar, Axel Witsel, John Obi Mikel, Carlos Tevez, Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and others have moved to China recently for outlandish transfer fees, many of which have dwarfed the financial standards set in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

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Jan 29

Spurs’ rise above Manchester United and City shows Daniel Levy’s sums add up

Frugal Tottenham are outscoring the northern powerhouses on and off the pitch but China might be about to show the Premier League the true power of money

Manchester City and Manchester United could be forgiven for not paying that much attention to the league table this weekend. The FA Cup is centre stage and it must be pretty annoying anyway to see three London clubs in the top three places with just Liverpool representing the north-west in a Champions League position.

The way it looks at present at least one Manchester side seems likely to miss out on Champions League qualification and it is possible, if Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to forge ahead, that the north-west will have only one representative in Uefa’s main event next season for the second year running. This is surely not what anyone had in mind when coaches as successful as José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp were lured to the region to add their authority to rebuilding work at either end of the East Lancashire Road. At the start of the season it might have been imagined the top four by now would comprise City, United, Arsenal and Liverpool, with City clear on top above United, Arsenal and Liverpool holding a steady course for third and fourth place, and perhaps West Ham and Chelsea occupying the Europa League positions.

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Dec 30

Mark Clattenburg says he would consider move to Chinese Super League

• Premier League referee has been linked with a transfer to China
• ‘There is no offer but if they made an offer it would be under consideration’

Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the biggest finals in football in 2016, would consider a transfer from the Premier League to the wealthy and ambitious Chinese Super League.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent by Chinese clubs on high-profile talent, including the Argentina striker Carlos Tévez this week, in a bid to become a football superpower.

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