Howard Webb Hopes For World Cup Final

The former police officer from Rotherham, Howard Webb, has been one of 10 referees detained in South Africa by FIFA, so they can decide which officiating team will be part of the World Cup final. Webb and his two officials, Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey, have been kept in South Africa and are awaiting FIFA’s decision. Two of Webb’s main rivals for the final, Uzbekistan’s Ravshan Irmatov and Hungary’s Viktor Kassai, will officiate the semi-finals between Uruguay vs Holland and Spain vs Germany. This gives Webb a distinct advantage, as refereeing a semi-final genuinely means that the referees in question would miss out on final consideration.

Webb and his colleagues haven’t put a foot wrong in the tournament so far. His assistant Darren Cann correctly ruled out a Fabio Quagliarella goal vs Slovakia in the group stages and his other assistant Michael Mullarkey was praised for allowing Luis Fabiano’s goal against Chile in the second round to stand. Webb, himself, has been authoritative and dominant in the ties he has officiated and has proven why he is England’s number one referee and why he is given the big fixtures in the Premier League.

Ominous signs for Webb are the fact that three European teams are in the final four and FIFA may tip for a South American referee, should Uruguay miss out on the final. If Uruguay get to the final, Webb is automatically ruled out, because of the Frank Lampard goal against Germany being disallowed by a Uruguayan line official. Webb, and the whole of his hometown of Rotherham, will be praying for a Holland triumph, so that Howard Webb’s chance is still alive.

Personally, I think that Webb would make a great final referee. He is strong and well-built to pose an intimidating figure to the players. He allows the game to flow freely, but spots fouls quickly and deals with them professionally and concisely. Webb refereed the Champions League final 2010 between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich and dealt with that perfectly well, so why shouldn’t he deal with the World Cup final? Only FIFA will know if Webb will represent England in the final and be the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974 to officiate a World Cup final. Good luck Howard, I’m sure you’ll do a stellar job and let’s put English officiating back on the world map.

13 thoughts on “Howard Webb Hopes For World Cup Final”

  1. I haven’t noticed him, and thus he has done a good job.
    I always remember my dad’s quote: “You can tell if you did a good job officiating with how they don’t talk about you after the game”

  2. Webb has been very dominant, I love that he tells players to get up when they are rolling around. I wouldn’t say he has been perfect though. He missed a clear penalty when Lucio was fouled against Chile. Turned out to be a moot point, but at the time the match was 0-0. Amazing how a missed decision can be forgotten when the aggrieved team takes care of business.

  3. The clear favorite is Archundia of Mexico. Webb is probably 2nd. I don’t think there is a serious 3rd candidate.

  4. I doubt FIFA will have a ref from Europe control a game between two European teams… It makes sense to let WEbb do it… but FIFA doesn’t work like that.

  5. Delighted he has got the final. He’s very focused.Lets the game flow. Takes no messing from “the divers”.
    Always close for the BIG decisions.
    Only slight problem…he tends to keep his cards in his pocket for the first 20 minutes.Niggly tackles then continue. Rock and a hard place !!!!!!!
    Where I think an early yellow may show he means business.
    Hope he has a great game. What a memory…it doesn’t come any bigger than that.
    Remember there’s 3 teams…Spain, Holland and the officials !!!!!!!!
    OOH yeah its real easy in front of 70 thousand passionate heads !!!!

  6. usted no es ni arbitro ni nada,usted lo que es es un sinverguenza puesto que si es arbitro tiene que aplicar un reglamento que se supone que lo sabe(esta visto que no lo sabe por lo cual no tiene que ser arbitro).varias entradas de el partido de esta final asta el descanso an sido merecedoras de tarjeta roja y unas cuantas de tarjeta amarilla,ademas es usted tan cinico que automaticamente despues de sacar las tarjetas a los jugadores holandeses seguidamente a sacado a los españoles.lo mas grave de todo esto es que por su nefasta y inutil actuacion a deteriorado una final con 2 contendientes que podrian dar un gran espectaculo,sinmas le saludo a usted y toda su familia y le remito a un oftalmologo y quizas a psicologo

  7. se hizo justicia y haber si aprende usted el reglamento y que sea menos pirata usted,viva la armada española

  8. I guess all spanish comments say “thank you mister Webb”. The way this man turned the worldcup final into the “Howard Webb show”…. He failed to give card when he had to and gave them for small fauls. I am sure that again, the next 36 years there will no british referees in big finals. I think mister webb will enjoy a nice fully paid holiday at the costa brava this year. Now there are two countries that he can never show his face again, but fortunately Spain and Austria are excellent countries to spend your holiday. Holland and Poland are boring. This clown should go back to his usual day-job: writing parking tickets.

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