Webb to officiate Netherlands-Spain final

[REFEREES] Englishman Howard Webb will referee Sunday's World Cup 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands in Johannesburg.

Webb, 38, will work with assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey.

He will be the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974 to work the final.

4 comments about "Webb to officiate Netherlands-Spain final".
  1. James Zerkle, July 9, 2010 at 11:35 a.m.

    So we can expect an EPL-style game with plenty of hard fouls and few yellows or reds. The Dutch should do well at this, and the Spaniards will quickly adapt. It may not be as pretty a some would want, but good fodder for replays of crunching tackles.

  2. David Huff, July 9, 2010 at 1:53 p.m.

    This will provide an advantage for the Dutch, allowing for a very physical game, especially if Webb takes 3 yellow cards before sending a pleyer off on a red. :)

  3. Christopher Holden, July 9, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.

    This is a huge advantage for Spain - no doubt about it. If it turns into a physical game give the cup to Spain. They have the most physical defense in the world and they will dominate the Dutch small forwards. Three times to the final game without winning it -- that is not a record any country wants to own -- but that is the Oranje legacy.

  4. James Madison, July 9, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.

    I was rooting for the Japan team which did an outstanding job in the Netherlands-Brazil match, but either politics won out or FIFA did not want a referee to officiate the same team again in the knockout rounds.

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