Report: Mark Clattenburg to be dropped after controversial penalty?

The referee will allegedly be left out of the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Referee Mark Clattenburg will not be put in charge of a a game in the next round of Premier League fixtures after awarding Tottenham Hotspur a controversial penalty against Manchester City, according to the Mirror.

The official ruled that Raheem Sterling had handled the ball inside the area eight minutes into the second half, and Harry Kane converted from the spot to hand Spurs the lead in a game they eventually won 2-1 to pull four points clear of City.

Clattenburg's decision left City players and manager Manuel Pellegrini furious, and it appears the FA have taken the decision to pull the referee out of the spotlight.

The Mirror reports that the referee, who has been involved in controversy in the past, such as when he broke protocol in order to attend an Ed Sheeran concert, has already been informed that he will not be required next weekend.

The Premier League is on a one-week break this weekend as the FA Cup's remaining teams play their fifth-round fixtures, but it seems that Clattenburg will not be around when domestic top flight games return.

The paper also claims that the referee is facing an unrelated investigation from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd after allegedly joining a management agency that also represents players.

The 40-year-old has been taking charge of Premier League games since 2004.

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