Premier League chiefs have decided to punish referee Mark Clattenburg for a double breach of protocol by removing him from the list of officials eligible to officiate top-flight matches this weekend.
Clattenburg took charge of Saturday's 2-2 draw between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, but committed a double sin after that controversial clash that could yet land him in even more hot water.
The 39-year-old spoke to Eagles boss Neil Warnock on the phone immediately after the match, a serious no-no with The Premier League, before leaving the Hawthorns alone to catch Ed Sheeran in concert later that night.
Dropped from the A-Team
Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the governing body for top-level officials, have clear guidelines in place which state all officials must travel to and from games as a group, even if it means missing Sheeran belting out his biggest hits at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle
It's a case of you need me I don't need you for the Premier League when it comes to referees who break the rules, which means Clattenburg could yet be sat on the sidelines for longer than one week.
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Warnock chat a bigger concern
The experienced referee's decision to speak to Warnock unsupervised after a very busy afternoon in the Midlands is a more alarming oversight, with officials not allowed to take calls from managers away from the ground or without their team of matchday assistants present.
Warnock, also a qualified referee, was most likely attempting to seek immediate answers for a contentious pair of decisions made by Clattenburg in a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.
Eagles goalkeeper took a very heavy fall under a challenge from Craig Dawson in the passage of play which led to Victor Anichebe opening the scoring, with the impact forcing the Argentine to be substituted.
West Brom were also fairly fortunate to be awarded a very late penalty, from which Sadio Berahino scored a last-ditch equaliser.
Will further sanctions follow?
Warnock was so dismayed he rang Clattenburg on Saturday evening and the official took the call in his car on the way to see Sheeran, a mistake that's threatened his position as one of the countries top officials.
Sky Sports new reporter Bryan Swanson shared earlier this morning that Clattenburg must wait until next Monday to find out if he'll face any further punishment for his double error in judgement, with no decision made by the Premier League at this stage.
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