Englishman Howard Webb appointed referee for World Cup finalBy ANI
Friday, July 9, 2010
JOHANNESBURG - British referee Howard Webb has been named by FIFA as the man in charge for Sunday’s World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands at Johannesburg’s Soccer City.
Webb, a Premier League regular, will be the first Englishman to run the final since Jack Taylor in 1974.
He is also the first referee to take charge of the World Cup and Champions League finals in the same year, The Sun reports.
The 38-year-old will be backed by English assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey.
The trio has officiated at three games in the tournament, including finalists Spain’s shock 1-0 first-round defeat to Switzerland.
About 750 million people worldwide are expected to watch the game. (ANI)