Webb retires from refereeing
Howard Webb has retired from refereeing to become technical director at Professional Game Match Officials Limited, Goal reports.
Webb, 43, started his refereeing career in 1989 and oversaw his first Premier League match in October 2003, before being added to FIFA’s international referees’ list two years later.
He took charge of the 2010 Champions League final between Inter and Bayern Munich and the World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands in South Africa the same year.
Webb also took part in the finals in Brazil this summer, where he took charge of the hosts’ last-16 clash with Chile in Belo Horizonte.
Webb’s new role will include “overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials”, according to an official statement.
He will also be responsible for the training and coaching of referees, as well as “informing and educating” the public on refereeing issues.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch,” Webb said.
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