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Referee Webb criticized after final

07-12-2010 13:49 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

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The English referee, Howard Webb, who took charge of last night's final,angered many with his officiating of the World Cup final.

According to his own standards, a perfect game is when "nobody is speaking about the officials". But Webb has been heavily criticized, after awarding 14 yellow cards, and sending off the Netherlands' John Heitinga in the match.

He upset the Netherlands by failing to show a second yellow to Spain's Carlos Puyol, a decision which indirectly led to the winning goal. So - as Spain made history winning their first World Cup, the man in the middle also set a record - for handing out the largest number of cards ever in a World Cup final.

Referee Howard Webb, of England, center, warns Netherlands' Mark van Bommel, second from left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Referee Howard Webb, of England, center, warns Netherlands' Mark van Bommel,
second from left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the
Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa,
Sunday, July 11, 2010.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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