Howard Webb to referee the World Cup Final

England’s Howard Webb will be the referee for the World Cup final. The 38-year-old from Rotherham has been chosen for the final by Fifa’s referees committee.

Webb and his assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey will officiate in the final on Sunday between Spain and Holland at Johannesburg’s Soccer City.

He will become the first Englishman to referee the final since Jack Taylor in 1974…

Our family of football fans hoped Howard would be in line – since he didn’t set foot on the pitch for any of the winding up matches preceding the Final.

Webb’s team have not put a foot wrong in the tournament so far. Cann correctly ruled out a Fabio Quagliarella equaliser for Italy against Slovakia while Mullarkey was praised for his decision to allow Luís Fabiano’s goal for Brazil against Chile.

Howard Webb is a favorite of many who follow the English Premier League season. Not only does he work hard at being fair, he doesn’t especially tolerate diving and other pantywaist stunts.

Glad he left the constabulary and went full-time into being a referee.

4 thoughts on “Howard Webb to referee the World Cup Final

  1. honorarynewfie says:

    He’s only on a sabbatical from the force, three years I think, but the standard of his performances over that period certainly shows the benefits that can be achieved by having full time officials in football.
    Good luck to him, he and his team deserve the honour.

  2. moss says:

    I see the Dutch are trying to blame Howard for their loss.

    Too bad. He worked his butt off trying to keep a match flowing that where both sides decided on defensive formations and kept the ball in the middle third as much as possible.

    Don’t blame the ref, guys – for your own diminishing courage.

  3. RICHARD CANN says:

    “I WAS THERE”, no other referee in the world could have handled that final as well as howard did. he gave both teams the chance to play football and make it the spectical it”should” have been. Holland were a DISGRACE in the manner that they approached the match ,and to blame the officials for their defeat is a JOKE !!! well done for the whole tournement to HOWARD,DARREN AND MIKE, you were all AWESOME !

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