Spanish media slams Webb choice

Spanish media slams Webb choice

Posted: 2010-07-09 15:40

World Cup finalists Spain will encounter a "challenge" in their attempt to win football's biggest honour of all, says the Spanish media.

The Spanish media are incensed with Fifa's decision to appointment Englishman Howard Webb as the referee for the Final, describing the decision as "bad news" for La Roja.

Sunday's Final pits Spain against the Netherlands at Soccer City and Webb becomes the first English referee in 36 years to officiate in a World Cup Final since Jack Taylor in 1974. However, the choice of Webb hasn't been applauded across the board with Spain's sports daily Marca headlined the choice "Bad news – Webb will referee the Final".

Apparently, the objections are related to Spain's first match in the World Cup against Switzerland in Durban, where Webb apparently made two mistakes leading to Spain losing the match 1-0 on June 16. The Spanish media argues that Gelson Fernandes' goal for the Swiss could have been disallowed for offside and another relates to a shout for a penalty after Phillipe Senderos clipped David Silva's ankle in the box.

Webb, a police sergeant, is no stranger to controversy. Poland fans and officials were outraged after their Euro 2008 exit hosted by Austria and lashed out at Webb after he awarded a penalty to the hosts. The game ended 1-1 knocking out Poland out of the competition. Leo Beenhakker, who was then manager of Poland, said "the referee wanted to show that he is a big boy and awarded a penalty. I'm lost for words about what happened."

The Polish players were scathing in their post-match comments. Mariusz Lewandowski said "It is a fxxxking scandal" and Pawel Golanski added he felt "cheated as a footballer". Their Prime Minister Donald Tusk had his choice of words for Webb saying he felt like "killing somebody".

However, it is the same Webb who has been in charge of some high profile matches including the UEFA 2010 Champions League Final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.

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Recent Comments (6) :

RIL: 2010-07-09 16:26

great choice of referee.webb will not allow these spaniards to cheat the referee in sending other players off by diving all over the place.THEY DID IT AGAINST INTER(BUSQUETS),AGAINST CHILI!(CAPDEVILA)!AND VILLA EVEN SLAPPED A PLAYER NOTHING HAPPEN.SPAIN IS CHEATS.VIVA WEBB.

HUP HUP HOLLAND.!!!

RIL: 2010-07-09 16:27

PLEASE GIVE THE DIVERS RED CARDS!!!
HUP HUP HOLLAND!!!

RIL: 2010-07-09 16:29

I WILL EAT THAT OCTUPUS AFTER HOLLAND GIVE SPAIN A GOOD SPANKING.THEY WILL BE TAUGHT A REAL FOOTBALL LESSON.CRUYFF TEACH THEM TO PLAY TOTAL FOOTBALL BUT THE ORANJE IS THE MASTERS OF TOTAL FOOTBALL.ITS THE MASTERS(HOLLAND) VS STUDENTS (SPAIN).

HUP HUP HOLLAND!!!

Swona: 2010-07-09 17:13

Spain has been playing clean football, Holand played bad football against Brasil, they should have got few red cards, but it was the atherway round, funny because think this ref was in the one in charge of that game, the spirit in a Spanish team this year is better than that of Holland,

kzielo: 2010-07-10 10:32

If its bad news for spain, for holland its neither good nor bad news. no referee at the world cup level could go into the field of play with the intention to cheat, they just make mistakes like any other
human.

maximiliano10m: 2010-07-10 12:17

Great choice of referee!! This guy is soo good and i do not c y ppl from spain r already crucifying him long b4 kickoff...kana ba tlwaetse makin excuses in case they fail to say "TOLD U SO!!!" Remember Iker and the jabulani ball?? Now that he is doing well btwn the sticks(even savin the sym jabulani penalty) he is very mum on the issue. one myt thnk he is dumb!!!! guys do nt come here wit ur spanish tendencies ok......u knw the rest!!

 

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