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World Cup 2010: No regrets for Howard Webb after final

“We felt satisfied we’d done a tough job in difficult circumstances to the best of our abilities,” Webb insisted.

“We tried to apply some common sense officiating given the magnitude of the occasion for both sides – advising players early on for some of their tackling, sending players away when they were surrounding the officials, and speaking to their senior colleagues to try to calm them down.

“It is one of the toughest games we will ever be involved in and we feel that we worked hard to keep the focus on the football as much as possible.”

“The final was without doubt one of the most difficult games Howard will have ever refereed,” said Riley.

Jonathan Hall, the FA’s director on the PGMO, added: “Nothing should take away from Howard’s achievement and it is hard to imagine many other officials being able to match his performance or handle such a fixture so well.


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