Last season was the 42-year-old's last battle as arbitrator in England's best flight as he cleared out to take up a part as head of Saudi Arabia's refs.
Clattenburg was hailed as outstanding amongst other refs in world football amid his profession and was allowed the respect of directing the Champions League last, FA Cup last and the European Championship last in 2016 - and has the tattoos to demonstrate it.
Naturally, Clattenburg was no more interesting to contention yet he shed some light on exactly how extreme the employment can be by naming the most hazardous region with regards to basic leadership.
"For beyond any doubt it was recreation," the County Durham-conceived official told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
"It's the most troublesome circumstance for an official particularly in the punishment zone since you have three choices – has he reproduced where there is no contact, is there contact and is it a punishment?
"The players now in the Premier League, it is now and again troublesome on the grounds that the vast majority of the players now, it has turned into a workmanship.
"In the past you could without much of a stretch check whether he was recreating by his arms, his development of the body – now it's ending up increasingly troublesome."
Fans censuring arbitrators for their basic leadership has dependably been ordinary yet, with the expansion of moderate movement TV replays, the feedback towards authorities keeps on expanding.
Many individuals have called for authorities to have the capacity to turn out openly and clarify those choices yet Clattenburg demands there is a fine adjust that should be struck.
"There's a harmony between that since you surely don't need an official going on consistently and likely, on the grounds that I committed errors most weeks in the fans' feeling, I would presumably be talking each week," he clarified.
"Be that as it may, it's not about that. It's most likely more from an instructive perspective to state this is the reason I settled on this choice, this is the thing that I did.
"In any case, I think later on I might want, for instance, we have interchanges – at the perfect time you could open up the mouthpiece anytime and explain to individuals why you have decided.
"Since individuals get resentful and say well why did he give that punishment or why did he give that handball.
"In any event like Rugby Union you have an opportunity to clarify, to either the media or the TV, in any event individuals can get it.
"Yes it may even now not be right yet in any event individuals could get it."