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Englishman Howard Webb To Ref Champions League Final

England’s top referee Howard Webb will take charge of the Champions League final on Saturday.

A UEFA statement read:

“The match will be handled by 38-year-old English referee Howard Melton Webb, who has been an international referee since 2005 and has officiated in total 47 UEFA matches in his refereeing career. Webb has handled 19 UEFA Champions League matches in total, and six in the current season. Among others, he officiated at the quarter-final first leg between Inter Milan and CSKA Moscow in Milan and at the group stage match between Dynamo Kiev and Barcelona in Kiev. He also officiated at the semi-final first leg of the UEFA Cup 2008/09 between Werder Bremen and Hamburg in Bremen. Webb has also been appointed for several prestigious national team matches, including two Euro2008 matches and three FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying matches. At the final in Madrid, Webb will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann. The fourth official will be Martin Atkinson, also from England.”

This is a good choice from Inter’s standpoint. Webb is used to refeering in the more physical Premier League and he will allow Inter’s defenders to play physical with the Bayern forwards, especially Robben.

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  • Philip May 21, 2010, 2:34 am

    I am not quite sure if webb was the best choice. The Englishman has made very bad decisions in the past. He is infamously remembered as the coach who denied Chelsea the chance to feature in last season’s CL final denying the blues a clear penalty after a barca player handled the ball in the 6 yard area. I just hope this time he will be impartial.

    • David May 21, 2010, 5:39 pm

      That was not Webb Philip. He would not be allowed to referee a Champions League game involving a Premier League side

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