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Premier League ref dropped from next set of fixtures for ringing Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock

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Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped from officiating this weekend for two breaches of protocol.

He broke Premier League rules to speak on the phone to Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock after their 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend.

Premier League rules state that all officials must be present during a conversation with a manager, which means an official cannot make or take calls from club managers away from the ground.

The 39-year-old, arguably the leagues' most high profile official after the retirement of Howard Webb, also left the Hawthorns separately from his fellow officials, which is another breach of regulations.

The refereeing body, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, says officials must travel to and from the ground together for integrity and security, but Clattenburg instead drove to Newcastle to watch musician Ed Sheeran in concert.


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