Brit ref Webb is 'most hated'

Clogged ... Howard Webb
Clogged ... Howard Webb

Brit ref Webb is 'most hated'. English referee Howard Webb may be the most hated man in Holland today — after handing out a record 15 cards during the World Cup final.

Dutch players blamed the ref for their extra-time defeat to Spain yesterday.

And newspapers in the Netherlands have also rounded on Webb today, branding him a "chump".

An article in AD Sportwereld said: "The Dutch national team perished in the World Cup final — thanks largely to a chump of a referee.

Dishing them out ... Webb
Dishing them out ... Webb

"It was a riveting battle, emerging through the tension but the Philistines were helped by Howard Webb, a controversial referee from England.

"He hopped across the pitch, handing out cards, each time preceding the act with an irritating address of the culprit.

"The teams deserved a referee in top form but that was certainly not the case with Webb.

"Spain's winning goal was understandably celebrated passionately by the Spaniards but the blunder by Webb which came before — he missed an obvious corner for Holland, took the shine off it, at least for the Dutch."

MySun users have also slammed the ref.

One wrote: "In true Howard Webb style, the post-match talk is about him rather than the game. Webb, like most other premier league refs, applies a warped agenda to the games he referees.

"As an Englishman, I am embarrassed that our representative in the final fell for Spanish histrionics."

Another added: "Mrs Webb knew what she was talking about when she was surprised to hear that hubbie Howard was appointed referee for the World Cup final — and said he can't even control his own children.

"What a poor display by this referee. He is to blame for letting the game get completely out of hand.

"Both teams should have left the pitch after the final whistle with 9 players at the most."

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf noted: "The referee failed to calm the mood in 120 minutes.

"That he was booed at the final ceremony by both the Dutch and Spanish fans was significant."


However, Fifa President Sepp Blatter has backed the former police sergeant.

Criticism of Webb also appeared in the Spanish media, whose members appeared not to have forgiven him for errors in the group stages.

In El Mundo Deportivo it said: "Holland were able to count on an unexpected ally: referee Howard Webb, who allowed the Dutch to get away with brutal fouls time and time again.

"Holland committed 28 fouls and the referee should have sent off De Jong for a karate kick on Xabi Alonso.

"(Wesley) Sneijder was also let off and Howard Webb failed to award a penalty for a Heitinga foul on Xavi." ( )

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