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MLS referees Geiger, Marrufo prepared for VAR's introduction at World Cup

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VAR is set to make its World Cup debut this summer, but it has been the source of contention the world round since its introduction. Many have doubted its usefulness at every turn, weighing each and every pro and con any time a referee elects to use video review. Those concerns, though, are not shared by those who will be using the technology in Russia next month.

Instant replay and MLS

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Major League Soccer and the Professional Referees Organization hired well known referee Howard Webb to oversee how MLS will use instant replay.


Classic Moments: Iker Casillas Pulls Off Gutsy Save To Thwart Arjen Robben One-On-One During 2010 World Cup Final (Video)

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As you probably well remember, the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands was grubby, tense, petulant and nigh-on barbaric at times.

Howard Webb did his best to keep a lid on the hostility, showing admirable restraint to limit the card count to just 14 yellows and one red; Xabi Alonso got kicked in the aorta; elbows were swung, studs were left in; Mark van Bommel was there, inflicting ABH on whomever should cross his path, friend or foe.

Howard Webb Scores Sublime Penalty at Oakwell

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We're quite used to seeing World Cup referee Howard Webb pointing to the penalty spot but to see him take one was something else and what a fantastic spot kick it was!

Howard Webb dinked the perfect spot kick to score against actor Dean Andrews in a Legends match at Oakwell in 2012 wearing the number 7 shirt!

Lewis Holby Takes Out Howard Webb From Behind as the World Cup Referee Tries to Play Ball

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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!

Video: Referee Howard Webb does not appreciate being touched by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

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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 [.

Stone Wall Penalty For Liverpool Not Given Against Arsenal (Vine)

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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.

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Howard Webb named PRO General Manager

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One of the game's most recognizable officials is set to expand his role with the Professional RefereeOrganization.

PRO, the organization that oversees officiating in the U.S., announced on Thursday that Howard Webb has been named as the new General Manager. The longtime English official has been with PRO as aVideo Review Operations Manager and will replace the outgoing Peter Walton.

Union bits, Seattle advances to MLS Cup final, more

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Newsy news bits and such like.

English Premier League

PRO hires Howard Webb to oversee video replay

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PRO has made a major hire ahead of the 2017 MLS season.

The refereeing organization has officially hired former Premier League and FIFA referee Howard Webb to "oversee the development and education, assessment, and assignment of Video Assistant Referees (VARs)" for PRO.

Ex-Referee Howard Webb Claims Players Actively Sought Yellow Cards To Ensure They’d Be Suspended Over Christmas

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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.

VIDEO: Did United deserve a penalty against Newcastle?

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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?

BT Sport Announce New Era Punditry Team, Steven Gerrard And Rio Ferdinand On Board For Champions League Nights

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By Chris Wright

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

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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).

Premier League Referee Howard Webb Retires From Officiating

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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.

Howard Webb Announces Retirement From Refereeing After 25 Years In The Officiating Business

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By Chris Wright

"Come on Nigel, in the chest? Seriously?"

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.

Praise For Howard Webb

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I never thought I'd write a sentence like this, but here goes: "Well done Howard Webb – you refereed really well at the weekend."

It's probably not a sentiment Webb hears all that often, particularly from a supporter of a team whose game he has just reffed.

Despite being recognised by the international footballing authorities as one of the finest referees of his generation, Webb has always come in for stick from English fans.

Praise For Howard Webb

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I never thought I'd write a sentence like this, but here goes: "Well done Howard Webb – you refereed really well at the weekend."

It's probably not a sentiment Webb hears all that often, particularly from a supporter of a team whose game he has just reffed.

Despite being recognised by the international footballing authorities as one of the finest referees of his generation, Webb has always come in for stick from English fans.

Analysis of Howard Webb’s Refereeing of Arsenal-Liverpool FA Cup Match

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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.

Reviewing Premier League Referee Decisions: Gameweek 25

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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.

Howard Webb Continues to Make Poor Referee Decisions: Reviewing the Premier League Referee Decisions, Gameweek 20

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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.

David Moyes Blames Howard Webb For Spurs Defeat

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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".

Match Report: Sunderland 1 - 3 Liverpool

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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.

Howard Webb to referee Manchester Derby next Sunday

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Howard Webb will take charge of the first Manchester Derby clash on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester derby has gained a special significance in recent years, following the rise of Manchester City as a powerhouse of England.

Howard Webb Will Referee Manchester City vs Manchester United Derby: Nightly Soccer Report

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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.


Arsenal boss: Tottenham gifted advantage by officials

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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.

Arsenal Knock Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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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.

Premiership : When Maradona Met Mata In Dubai – Plus Liverpool’s FA Cup Webb Of Disappointment

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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.

Howard Webb Raheem Sterling FA Cup GIF Reaction Incident Video 16 February 2014 Arsenal Liverpool

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Arsenal v Everton 8 Dec 2013. It’s Webb; can be ok but sometimes rather suspect

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Arsenal v Everton 08 Dec 2013 The Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Referee Howard Webb Assistants M Mullarkey and D Cann Fourth Official A Taylor

So another repeat referee our dearly beloved Howard Webb with his usual crew of Mullarkey and Cann. In his 13 games this year, Mr Webb has had [.

Ref review 2012/13: Howard Webb. An amazing score when it comes to goals

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By Walter Broeckx

This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. You can find links to earlier articles on the bottom of this article.


Next ref in our series that is being presented in alphabetical order we have ref Howard Webb. Howard Webb did 30 games in the [.

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German cop is first top-flight female football ref

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Berlin (AFP) – A 38-year-old German policewoman will next season become the first female referee in Europe’s top leagues after she was promoted to officiate in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Bibiana Steinhaus has been a fourth official for Bundesliga matches and although a German FA (DFB) referee since 1999, knows the spotlight will be on her when she takes charge of a top-flight game.

Curtin's remarks on Union scrimmage, PRO hires Howard Webb: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/8/17

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Hump Day Links.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin on scrimmage against U-17 USMNT: "Today was good preparation as we move forward into preseason"
Here's some words from Jim Curtin on today's scrimmage.

MLS News

PRO hire Howard Webb to manage Video Assistant Referee operations
With MLS introducing the testing of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) this season, the Professional Referee Organization announced on Tuesday the appointment of retired FIFA referee Howard Webb as Manager of VAR Operations.

Howard Webb Show’s He’s a Dab Hand at Charade’s on Sky Sports Debut (Video)

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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.

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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.

Union bits, All-Star Game tonight, MLS Deputy Commish on pro/rel, schedule, expansion, and more

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MacMath not surprised by M'Bolhi signing. Abbott says pro/rel never going to happen in MLS. US loses to Germany in WOmen's U-20 World Cup opener. More.

Webb fuoriclasse anche dal dischetto. L’arbitro inglese segna con il cucchiaio all’incrocio

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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 [.

All Out for Victory | Barca vs Atletico UCL QF 2nd Leg Preview

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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.

Monday Kickoff: Mourinho accuses Suarez of diving; Messi could return early; and more

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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.

Swansea City vs Newcastle United match banter!

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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 [.