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One On One With: Howard Webb

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In the world of professional refereeing, there are only a few who can claim to have officiated a World Cup Final. Indeed, it’s a select group of twenty men which includes three Englishman: William Ling, who refereed in 1954; Jack Taylor, who took charge in 1974; and our latest interviewee, Howard Webb, who officiated over the 2010 final. Whilst the final itself was one of his personal highlights, Webb’s career is full of memorable moments, including nearly 300 Premier League games, the 2009 FA Cup Final and the 2010 Champions League Final, making him the only referee to manage that final and the World Cup final in the same year.

Howard Webb books Robin Van Persie during the FIFA World Cup Final in 2010 (Image from Tumblr)

Now in charge of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), which oversees all referees in the US and Canada, Howard is enjoying life in…

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