The Man in the Middle by Howard WebbThe long-awaited autobiography of Howard Webb, the man who refereed the World Cup final. Webbs first game as a match official came when he was just 18 and his fathers verdict was blunt: Useless - he doesnt know his arse from his elbow. It wasnt the last time his performance would come under fire. But Webb progressed through the ranks, and his natural calm authority made a good impression on players and administrators alike, and soon he was being offered the top matches and the toughest fixtures. The policeman went on to take charge of some of the most important games, including the 2009 FA Cup final, the 2010 Champions League final and - the biggest of the lot - the 2010 World Cup final. Now, in this superb and frank memoir, Howard Webb reveals what it is like to be at the heart of the action in modern-day football where every decision can be unpicked by television cameras. He explains how he learned to handle some of the games superstars. Refereeing is a hard business, but Webb shows just why he enjoyed it so much and provides fascinating insights into how he dealt with the most challenging situations. With his unique perspective, and the characteristic honesty and humour he has displayed as a pundit on BT Sport, Webb has written a book that reveals the game - and the man himself - in a new light. Genuinely fascinating insight into the difficulties of officiating in the modern game, and Webbs frankness and self-deprecation are to be commended When Saturday Comes
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World Cup final: referee Howard Webb unable to control the uncontrollable
It takes a certain kind of personality to succeed in that industry and Howard Webb will go down as one of the most respected officials ever to pull on a whistle. Webb now provides analysis of refereeing decisions for BT Sport but he's still kept awake by wrong decisions he made, with one in particular weighing heavy on his mind. It was described as that. I don't think it was but looking from the TV, of course it's a red card. I decided that it was a reckless foul and only a yellow card. People will say 'How does Howard Webb know anything?
By Duncan White. This was not how it was supposed to happen. When Howard Webb blew the whistle at the end of extra time he was hounded by a pack of Dutch players, Mark van Bommel to the fore. When he went to collect his post-match medal he was loudly whistled. It was an ending fitting what had gone before. This had been a horrible match to referee: the dirtiest final in the history of the World Cup.
Published: July 13, So I got lucky. Webb is one of just 20 referees to take charge of the biggest game on the planet. Webb recalls being tended to by technical instructors and physios. We had some technical instruction as to how the teams would play. In a match that ended with 13 cautions and a sending off, Webb reminisces about an early interaction that indicated things were going to be different. I knew Robin pretty well.