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World Cup: Howard Webb – no good can come of this

Simon Rice

webb 238x300 World Cup: Howard Webb   no good can come of thisHoward Webb is to referee the World Cup final. Hurrah? I don’t think so.

If he makes all the right decisions, the only people who will notice are the commentators on ITV and BBC, in particular Clive Tyldesley who will talk for a minimum of ten minutes about what a momentous occasion it is. They will make wise cracks about him being a policeman and how he ensures the players obey the law. Mark Lawrenson will be in his element.

Another fall out if he has a good game is the air of arrogance he will bring to the Premier League upon his return. If he makes a bad decision next season, we will remember that this was the guy who was referee for the World Cup final. He can do no wrong.

Meanwhile, if he has a bad game, he will sink England even further into the quagmire of embarrassment and ridicule. The world will point at us and mock, saying not only can’t we play football, we can’t referee it either. They may become mean, saying that with his bald head he’s trying to look like Pierluigi Collina, when in fact he looks much more like Right, Said or Fred.

No good can come of this (but on a personal note – congratulations Howard, hope it goes well).

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  • Spicio

    Yes, Mr Webb and colleagues have made “big” mistakes but he is not alone. He was there when Italy scored a perfectly good third goal that was ruled offside. The Italian ref, Rossetti was there when he allowed an offside Tevez goal and looked what happened to him. There have been many errors by many officials and Webb & Co and not all are rebuked for them. The Spanish people don’t trust him so why pick him? A Swiss ref would have been better.

  • http://twitter.com/JamesGoyder James Goyder

    I think Webb has stood out because he is one of few world cup referees who has been willing to take a hard line with play acting players.

    In the dying minutes of the Italy Slovakia game the Slovakian players were throwing themselves to the floor at every available opportunity and Webb was consistently telling them to get up and get on with it.

    Long term you can never really win if you are a referee though, Webb’s future decisions in domestic football are going to come under even more scrutiny now that he has been the World Cup final referee. If he has a good game he should probably just quit while he is ahead by retiring.

  • gerd33

    howard webb is really the most wors judge i have ever seen. the game netherlands – spain has been change by his doing. HE SUCKS!, spain gz winning the WK, but im sorry to say, it wasnt fair at all.

  • gerd33

    howard webb is really the most wors judge i have ever seen. the game netherlands – spain has been change by his doing. HE SUCKS!, spain gz winning the WK, but im sorry to say, it wasnt fair at all.

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