Ex-Premier League referee Howard Webb has claimed there were instances when players would deliberately seek yellow cards to ensure they got out of doing the Christmas shift.
Webb, who retired in 2014 to become the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, sort of semi-revealed hefelt a couple of players had tried to milk intentional bookings out of him in order to rule themselves out over the festive period the Boxing Day fixture especially.
Former Premier League referee David Elleray said the referee's interpretation depends on whether the hand or arm is in an "unnatural" position at the point of contact. "Referees look at two specifics did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be?
Poor old non-descript Jake is being ousted already
BT Sport have unveiled their new presenting and punditry stable as they move into their brave new Champions League era and bloody hell it looks like they're chucking some money at it!
As you've likely heard, Gary Lineker has taken a pay-cut with the BBC to take the gig fronting BT's Champions League coverage next season, leaving Jake Humphrey to carry on with the Premier League stuff.
Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Long-standing Premier League referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement from the game, The Guardian reports. He has been appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
In a surprise announcement made today, the Premier League released a statement saying that Howard Webb was officially retiring as a match referee and would be appointed technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
Webb will now be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL match officials.
After 25 years in the business, Howard Webb has announced that he has hung up his whistle, handed in his cardsand retired from professional refereeing.
Webb retires from active duty just ten days before the start of the Premier League season, but the former copper will still be involved with officiating afterbeingappointed technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.
Sunday's FA Cup match between Arsenal against Liverpool was superb. A classic cup tie with end-to-end goalmouth action resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Gunners, against an in-form Liverpool looking to build on a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal, only a week ago.
However, this game was packed with controversial decisions.
Here are the key refereeing decisions from this past weekend's Premier League matches:
Eden Hazard starred in a 3-0 victory for Chelsea against Newcastle, with the third goal coming from the penalty spot after Samuel Eto'o was wrestled to the ground by Magpies centre backMapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
From the Premier League matches on New Year's Day, we saw that referee Howard Webb had a poor game in Manchester Utd's fourth home defeat of the season, but it couldn't mask the huge problems the Champions have.
Manchester United slumped to defeat at the hands of Tottenham, who look rejuvenated under Tim Sherwood, now playing a 4-4-2 system.
30If you are part of the ABU brigade, that headline has to make you laugh. For years Man United opponents have said that referee Howard Webb favored Sir Alex Ferguson and United in the big games. So there is some irony them that in Webb's first game at Old Trafford in the David Moyes era that Moyes branded Webb's decision not to award a penalty and send Hugo Lloris off for a challenge on Ashley Young during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Manchester United as "scandalous".
Luis Suarez marked his return to Barclays Premier League action with a double as Liverpool beat bottom-of-the-table Sunderland 3-1. The Uruguay international, back in the fold after completing a 10-match suspension, needed just 37 minutes to find his way on to the scoresheet when he made the most of a flowing move to tap home from close range, and then celebrated by revealing a tee-shirt dedicated to his family.
The referee for this Sunday's Manchester derby has been decided, and it's going to be Howard Webb. That means that neither Manchester City nor Manchester United supporters will be satisfied as they both will argue that Webb favors the other side.
Hopefully Webb will be referee a good game so that the main talking points are the match itself, not the officiating.
Arsene Wenger has claimed that Tottenham were given the advantage against Arsenal today, with a soft penalty and a let-off of a red card. The Gunners succumbed to a 1-1 draw in today's North London Derby with Spurs, and their manager has now claimed that the referee helped their opponents to earn their point.
Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday at the hands of an Arsenal side who perhaps couldn't believe their luck at 90 minutes. Liverpool were arguably the better of the two sides but unfortunately for the Reds there wasn't an end product. Some strange penalty decisions also left Liverpool fans berating Howard Webb.
One of the more amusing moments from Arsenal's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last night was the sight of Daniel Sturridge tying up goalkeeper Fabianski's boot lace in order to speed up play. It's a bizarre display of sportsmanship and swag, all at the same time, but it also demonstrated the level of pressure involved in football where time really means everything.
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In our series to find out with which ref some teams perform better than average we have referee Howard Webb next. And this is the final article in this series. We have talked about teams and then showed how each team did with each ref. And then we did the ref articles [...
Tottenham's Lewis Holtby got to do what several players or managers would like to do to referee Howard Webb during last nights Ledley King testimonial game last night!
Just as Howard Webb was about to go on a macy dribble Holtby stopped him in his tracks with a tackle from behind as the pair showed their less serious side much to the delight of the fans who showed up to bid Tottenham's great servant Ledley King a fond fairwell!
Contrary to what Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling previously thought, he and referee Howard Webb do not have a touchy-feely relationship. The Reds youngster placed his hand on Webb's chest during Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal. In return he got short shrift and a look of absolute contempt. Meanwhile, Webb has had his profile removed [.
Having already secured a penalty several minutes before, of which Steven Gerrard dispatched to make it 2-1 Liverpool were denied a second when Luis Suarez was fouled by Oxlade Chamberlain with Howard Webb in a perfect position to see the incident.
However Webb waved play-on even though to everyone else it was a stone wall penalty, however Liverpool were lucky Howard Webb was in generous mood with the cards as Gerrard should have picked up his second yellow when he took down Chamberlain right at the corner flag shortly after.
As you would have all seen by now, David Luiz is taking huge amounts of stick because of this image above. Some people are moaning about the fact that he is smiling and because he stayed on the floor which people believe influenced Howard Webb's decision to send Rafael off!
In the last few minutes of Manchester United's game against Chelsea today, Chelsea defender David Luiz got into a tussle with Manchester United right back Rafael da Silva. The end result was Da Silva whacking out at Luiz's legs, which sent the Chelsea player to the ground, clutching his knees.
While Da Silva thoroughly deserved to receive the red card from referee Howard Webb, Luiz will have won very few fans by his sheepish grin and smile he gave while laying on the Old Trafford pitch.
Former referee Howard Webb made his Sky Sports debut alongside Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher last night and showed his credential's at being a mean charades competitor.
Webb ended his 25 year career as a referee in August to take up the position of Technical Director at Professional Match Officials Limited and although he was technically sound on his Sky Sports debut his over articulate hand gestures stole the show somewhat.
Schiedsrichter haben es nicht leicht, bei Fehlentscheidungen sind sie sofort die Buhmänner und es wird vergessen, dass sie genau wie die Spieler auch nur Menschen sind, die nunmal Fehler machen. Howard Webb gehört zu denjenigen, denen trotz des Drucks der Job gut von der Hand gegangen ist.
Tutti noi conosciamo Howard Webb. L'arbitro inglese, classe 1971, tra i migliori al mondo, ha stupito ancora una volta, ma non con il fischietto in bocca, bensì come calciatore, all'interno di un'iniziativa di solidariet che lo ha visto protagonista. Che fosse un fuoriclasse a dirigere le partite lo sapevamo tutti, dopo averlo visto arbitrare con [.
Amid all the breaking news and rumours and stories of conspiracy, it is easy for all of us to forget that there a decisive match to be played tomorrow which will decide FC Barcelona's fate in Europe this season. After that thrilling, not so favourable 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou; the stage is set for the 2nd edition of this epic battle, this time at the Vicente Calderon.
Chelsea took all three points from their duel on Sunday with Liverpool but all the focus after the match was on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's accusing Luis Suarez of diving.
The Liverpool forward was held without a goal for the second consecutive game but Mourinho choose to speak about an incident late in the match when Suarez went down inside the box after losing the ball to Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Date: Wed 4th Dec, 2013. Kick off: 7.45pm. Referee: Howard Webb. UK TV: BT Sport. Hello, good evening and welcome to our latest 'match banter' feature for this evening's game against Swansea City at their place. Poor old Swansea haven't had much luck recently. Amongst other things they have been the [.
Should there be a ban on social media for players? Apparently, many are in favour of it.
Social Media is apart of our everyday lives and one would find it extremely difficult to not have at least one social account in today's society. Celebrities, Actors and Musicians all have Twitter accounts.