Howard Webb regrets 2010 World Cup final decisions

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 31st, 2014
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Webb WC 2010 finalReferee Howard Webb has admitted that there are “one or two” calls he wishes he could change in the 2010 World Cup final.

Webb sent off John Heitinga, but failed to dismiss his Holland team-mate Nigel de Jong for a karate kick-tackle on Xabi Alonso. In total, the English official showed 14 yellow cards over 120 minutes.

Spain went on to win 1-0 in extra-time and Webb will once again be on duty in Brazil this summer. He has however looked back at the previous final and feels he would have done some things differently.

“Maybe one or two [decisions I would change],” Webb told Fifa.com. “But at the time you have to make decisions according to the information you have and the position you’re in.

“It was a very tough game and you learn from experiences like that. I would have preferred for us not to be so involved in the match.

“We always want people to talk about how great the game was and the goals that were scored, but that was a very tight, intense game.

“You have to deal with what’s in front of you and do what you think is best with the right intentions. That’s what we did.”


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