By 90Min
August 07, 2017

Twitter was left in shock during BT Sport's Community Shield half-time coverage, as the world found out that one of England's best referees - Mark Clattenburg - is in fact, from the North East.

The news itself shouldn't be as shocking as it is, but having watched the 42-year-old referee the Euro 2016 final, it's obvious that most people didn't assume he would sound like he's straight out of an episode of Geordie Shore.

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Strange, isn't it?

One of the most decorated referee's in modern football - currently the Head of Refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation - he could definitely be confused for an opinionated fan tucking into a pie at St James' Park during half-time.

Looking back over some of Clattenburg's moments as a referee - everything seems so different. What was once assumed as a commanding, powerful voice is now completely distorted.

Just imagine it, the end of extra time between Atletico and Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final - Clattenburg puts his whistle to his lips and screams "Wae'aye man! We're going to penalties!" before blowing up for full-time.

Now those outrageous tattoos celebrating his career accomplishments seem to fit in with his persona - he just needs a shrine inked on his back in dedication to the great Alan Shearer and everything will be complete; fans are now only starting to realise why he has never managed a competitive Newcastle match.

You learn something new every day, and this latest revelation may just be the most strange, slightly uncomfortable - yet unnecessary confusion picked up in football for a while.

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