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  1. Standard member MacSwain
    Who is John Galt?
    08 Jul '10 21:59
    FIFA gets one right. World Cup final: Howard Webb to referee Holland v Spain

    “FIFA chose the 38-year-old former police officer to take charge when the Netherlands and Spain meet at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Sunday.
    Webb has refereed three World Cup matches and has neither shown a red card nor awarded a penalty kick.

    He handled Spain's 1-0 loss to Switzerland, then won praise for controlling a dramatic end to Slovakia's 3-2 win that eliminated defending champion Italy. He also refereed Brazil's 3-0 second-round victory against Chile.

    Webb and assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey will complete a prestigious end-of-season double after officiating the Champions League final in May, when Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in Madrid.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup-2010/7879872/World-Cup-final-Howard-Webb-to-referee-Holland-v-Spain.html
  2. 08 Jul '10 22:06
    Originally posted by MacSwain
    FIFA gets one right. World Cup final: Howard Webb to referee Holland v Spain

    “FIFA chose the 38-year-old former police officer to take charge when the Netherlands and Spain meet at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Sunday.
    Webb has refereed three World Cup matches and has neither shown a red card nor awarded a penalty kick.

    He handled Spain's 1-0 loss to ...[text shortened]... /football/world-cup-2010/7879872/World-Cup-final-Howard-Webb-to-referee-Holland-v-Spain.html
    rubbish- WEBB was crape in the PL last season- just shows how bad the other refs must be or rather- they wanted to please the english FA

    Webb and his crew made mistakes- notable the Italy goal which they dis-allowed for off side when it was not (the defenders feet was ahead of the italian forward)
  3. Standard member MacSwain
    Who is John Galt?
    09 Jul '10 17:18
    Originally posted by spurs73
    rubbish- WEBB was crape in the PL last season- just shows how bad the other refs must be or rather- they wanted to please the english FA

    Webb and his crew made mistakes- notable the Italy goal which they dis-allowed for off side when it was not (the defenders feet was ahead of the italian forward)
    You missed my point; I’m not saying the Webb crew is the best on earth. I am saying they are the best of the pot pourri with which FIFA populated their referee list.

    For the call you cite; it was a close call and could have gone either way. It is relatively minor compared to typical horrible officiating throughout WC.

    Here are two for comparison with the dis-allowed goal you mentioned. These fall into a ‘miserably-stupid,’ and unforgivable category and sadly are far from being alone, there are loads of others just as egregious which could be cited. Bad calls have overshadowed this WC due to the fact many individuals FIFA saw fit to have on referee list appeared to be inexperienced, certainly where championship football is concerned.

    --Frank Lampard's shot bounced off the crossbar and over the goal line at least 2 feet. Unforgivable blunder by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda’s crew did not award the goal.
    -- Goal by Argentina's Carlos Tevez, who was blatantly offside, was allowed by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti. The call was so obviously wrong Blatter apologized to Mexican officials.


    Frank Larrionda and Roberto Rosetti blunders were so egregious, FIFA removed them from referees list for the remainder of WC.

    There were loads of others who recognized ghost fouls and awarded undeserved cards that should have shared Larrionda and Rosetti’s fate.

    Comparatively, Webb’s crew stood out by exercising control without interfering with flow of play. Another most important point is: Webb didn’t countenance actors taking dives and did not award cards for no reason.
  4. 09 Jul '10 17:50
    Originally posted by spurs73
    rubbish- WEBB was crape in the PL last season- just shows how bad the other refs must be or rather- they wanted to please the english FA

    Webb and his crew made mistakes- notable the Italy goal which they dis-allowed for off side when it was not (the defenders feet was ahead of the italian forward)
    he has been the best ref in the pl last season, easily. sure he makes mistakes, they all do but he and his team has made less mistakes than any other team at the world cup. he was great in the cl final and he'll be good in the world cup final.

    once again you have no idea what you're talking about.
  5. 10 Jul '10 18:06
    Originally posted by spurs73
    just shows how bad the other refs must be or rather- they wanted to please the english FA
    Of course. Because the English FA is really popular and hugely influential in FIFA, and all the other countries are desperate to please them.

    Does that sound even slightly plausible? No.
  6. Subscriber karoly aczel
    Happy Chappy
    10 Jul '10 22:32
    I heard his wife said that he cant control his kids , so how is he supposed to control the final
  7. Subscriber Very Rusty
    Treat Everyone Equal
    11 Jul '10 02:47
    Originally posted by karoly aczel
    I heard his wife said that he cant control his kids , so how is he supposed to control the final