World Cup: Howard Webb – no good did come of it
When Howard Webb was appointed as the referee for the World Cup final I wrote a piece entitled ‘Howard Webb – no good can come of this’.
It didn’t get the best reception from readers. “Is your life vacuous Mr Rice?”, “This is probably the worst thing I have ever read” and “What absolute rubbish” were a few of the heartier comments the blog received.
I suggested that if he did a good job, no-one would notice while if it went badly he would be vilified. It went badly and although I haven’t heard the press referring to him as Right, Said of Fred as I suggested, one Dutch newspaper did go as far as to call him a ‘chump’.
This isn’t a blog to say ‘I told you so’, but rather to defend Mr Webb. I thought he did an excellent job overall – his role was made nearly impossible by the Dutch. Many said he should have shown red to one of the Netherlands players in the first half, particularly to Nigel De Jong who performed a Matrix style kung-fu kick on Xabi Alonso. But I’m glad he didn’t. Too many games during this World Cup were spoilt by red-cards and I’m glad he resisted.
Overall he made the right calls. And to give you a little heads up, in tomorrows Independent and online as well, Sam Wallace will be going through every decision Howard made in the final, one-by-one and passing his judgement. I’m sure it’ll make for some interesting reading.Tagged in: Howard Webb, world cup
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