Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
'Since you beat us, join us'
June 24th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily



[REF WATCH/EURO 2008] After English referee Howard Webb's stoppage time penalty-kick call against Poland yielded death threats blamed on a provocative statement from Poland's Prime Minister, some Polish fans responded more civilly. They've started a drive to grant Webb Polish citizenship, which would disqualify him from ever reffing a Poland game again.

The moment in question came at the end of the Poland's second group game. Leading 1-0 in stoppage time, Poland was closing in on an important three points, but in the 93rd minute, Webb awarded a penalty against the Poles after Mariusz Lewandowski pulled Austria's Sebastian Prodl down by his shirt.

Ivica Vastic, converted the penalty and the game ended in a tie.

Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, "As the prime minister I have to be balanced and collected, but [on the night of the game] I was speaking very differently about the whole thing, I wanted to kill."

Despite receiving a stream of Internet-based threats, Webb told the Daily Mirror, "I suppose it's the uglier side of the game. But most people are reasonably nice in every country and good football supporters. Things are said in the heat of the moment in football that people don't necessarily mean."

Webb has not yet gone on the record regarding the Polish citizenship invitation.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Georgia teen Reuben Nsemoh    
"My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me. I wasn't perfect, ...
U.S. Abroad: Pulisic rescues Borussia Dortmund    
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to set up one goal and score the tying goal ...
Lauren Holiday recovering after successful surgery    
Former U.S. national team star Lauren Holiday is recovering after having successful surgery at Duke University ...
What They're Saying: Jake Edwards    
"It'll evolve slightly for some of those teams over the coming seasons, I believe. We'll find ...
MLS Decision Day: What's at stake    
The 2016 Supporters' Shield and the final two playoff berths are on the line on Sunday ...
MLS Countdown: Donovan, Gordon are Galaxy wild cards    
Last weekend Landon Donovan started his first game since coming out of retirement yet it was ...
This week in women's college soccer    
Stanford junior Andi Sullivan and BYU senior Ashley Hatch made their national team debuts with the ...
This week in men's college soccer    
One of the most impressive streaks in recent years in men's college soccer is Denver's 32-game ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"I would love to do that, but there's still this thing, stigma, lack of respect or ...
CCL: FC Dallas rallies to clinch group title    
Needing at least a tie to advance, FC Dallas rallied from 2-0 down after 22 minutes ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives