Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has admitted to turning to alcohol to relieve the tension after officiating big matches.
The 43-year-old, who left England in February to referee games in Saudi Arabia, has talked about how he’d cope with his performance after certain games in the Premier League.
Clattenburg was considered as one of the best referees in the world before making a sensational switch to the Middle East, having officiated the Champions League final, FA Cup final and European Championship final in 2016.
Writing in his Paddy Power column, Clattenburg revealed the impact refereeing had on his life.
‘How do you release the tension around refereeing big games? Drink lots of beer!’ he wrote.
‘I used to call my wife after a game, and she’d know by my voice if I’d had a bad game or not.
‘When I got home, she’d be in the bed and the fridge would be full of beer if I had a nightmare. If I’d had a good game, she’d wait up.
‘It’s horrible after a game if you’ve made a mistake – it would be a horrible drive home. If you had a good game, you would want to listen to the radio stations talking about the match. But, if you’d had a mare, you’d turn the Bluetooth on and play some music.’