[REACTION] Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk criticized English referee Howard Webb
for his work in the World Cup final that descended into a foulfest but could not find fault with the outcome.
"I don't think the referee controlled the match well," said Van Marwijk. "Both sides committed fouls. That may be regrettable for a final. But the best team won the match."
Webb handed out 14 yellow cards and one red card, but Van Marwijk lamented another yellow card that the Englishman did not hand out on Carles Puyol for a foul on Dutch star Arjen Robben late in the game.
"We made a real game out of it and we had two great chances through Arjen," explained Van Marwijk. "I'm not someone to look back on the what the referee did. I think the best team usually wins the match. But if you look at the second chance of Robben, the referee should give Puyol a second yellow card, which would have meant him being sent off. It was a crucial moment just before the end of the 90 minutes. It is very bitter, but that is sport. It is harsh. And as I said, Spain was the better team."
Van Marwijk said it wasn't his team's style to resort to negative tactics like it employed in Sunday's finals.
"We did a good job tactically on them," he said. "We got into good positions at times. It's not our style, but you play a match to win. It's a World Cup final, and there's a lot of emotion out there. You saw that with both teams. I would have loved to have won that match, even with not so beautiful football."