Top ref quits England for Saudi Arabia

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world football in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia.The English refereeing organisation announced Clattenburg’s departure in a statement that didn’t specify the role he will take.Former Premier League referee Howard Webb has been director of referees for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, but he was hired last week by Major League Soccer to lead the development of video technology for on-field officials.Clattenburg, whose departure date from the Premier League is yet to be announced, revealed in an interview with the Associated Press in December that he would like a job outside England.Clattenburg refereed the finals of the European Championship, Champions League and FA Cup last year.last_img read more

Wilson, Keane and Zaha to start for Man United?

first_img Man United striker James Wilson 1 Manchester United are in the League Cup second round draw for the first time in nearly 20 years tonight.The last time United played in this stage of the competition was the 1995/96 season. Back then York City upset David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and co. by winning 3-0 at Old Trafford and 4-3 over two legs.Last season the club failed to qualify for Champions League or the Europa League when they finished seventh, so find themselves in the Capital One hat along with unseeded lower league opposition and other Premier League clubs not competing in Europe as well as the top 12 Football League Clubs still in the competition. Teams they could face include Oxford United, Port Vale and Rotherham.Defending champions and rivals Man City will enter the draw in the next round with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Hull.However, a cup run could be just the platform James Wilson, Will Keane, Wilfried Zaha and other promising youngsters need to play their way into first team contention, as manager Louis van Gaal’s team challenge on all fronts. Keane and Zaha have featured in pre-season, but are being linked with loan moves away, while last season James Wilson burst onto the scene with two goals on his first team debut.The Capital One Cup draw will be made after the match between Cardiff and Coventry.Seeded teams and draw Numbers1. AFC Bournemouth2. Aston Villa3. Bolton Wanderers4. Brighton & Hove Albion5. Burnley6. Crystal Palace7. Derby County8. Fulham9. Leeds United10. Leicester City11. Manchester United12. Middlesbrough13. Newcastle United14. Norwich City15. Nottingham Forest16. Queens Park Rangers17. Reading18. Southampton19. Stoke City20. Sunderland21. Swansea City22. Watford23. West Bromwich Albion24. West Ham United25. Cardiff City or Sheffield Wednesday**If Cardiff City win, Sheffield Wednesday will be added to the UNSEEDED list.Unseeded teamsBirmingham CityBradford CityBrentfordBurton AlbionCharlton AthleticCrawley TownCrewe AlexandraDoncaster RoversGillinghamHuddersfield TownLeyton OrientMillwallMilton Keynes DonsNorthampton TownOxford UnitedPort ValePortsmouthPreston North EndRotherham UnitedScunthorpe UnitedShrewsbury TownSwindon TownWalsallSheffield United / Mansfield TownSheffield Wednesday or Coventry City**** If Coventry City beat Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday are added to the SEEDED list.last_img read more