China and the Chinese Super League have made no secret that they want to be a world soccer superpower as soon as possible.
They have tried to do that by spending outrageous amounts of money on semi-notable Premier League and Brazilian players, as well as making Argentinian Carlos Tevez the highest paid soccer player in the world. Now, some of that money may be going to the top referees in the world in hopes of convincing them to go to China.
Clattenburg is regarded as one of the best referees in the world and has reffed in this years FA Cup, Champions League and Euro Finals. But it still seems strange for a referee to be getting paid big bucks considering most are part time and their pay would suggest they surely aren’t doing this as a career.
That’s because China is motivated to bring on Clattenburg due to repeated attempts at match fixing and corruption throughout Chinese soccer. Clattenburg and his experience reffing in the Premier League as well as UEFA and FIFA tournaments would bring a sense of legitimacy for a league looking for legitimacy on the world stage.