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Howard Webb to referee Brazil World Cup

FIFA has confirmed Rotherham's Howard Webb will be the English referee at this year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

It marks the second time the 42-year-old Yorkshireman has been chosen for the showpiece event, having officiated in South Africa in 2010 when he became the first Englishman to take charge of a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974.

Webb has been a referee for over 20 years Credit: Press Association

Webb will be assisted this summer by Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann.

The world governing body's referees committee on Wednesday announced its 25 referee trios and eight support duos, representing 43 different countries, after making the appointments at its meeting in Zurich on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce.

Webb is seen as one of the Premier League's most senior figures Credit: Press Association

FIFA said the referees had been selected "based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams' tactical approaches towards each game".

The chosen officials will participate in three seminars in the coming months and will be "followed and monitored regularly", with FIFA vowing to give them all the support they need to prepare for the tournament.

Webb shows red to the Netherlands' Johnny Heitinga in the 2010 final Credit: Press Association

Webb officiated the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa between Spain and the Netherlands

It was a fiery encounter where he showed 14 yellow cards, eventually sending off the Netherlands' Johnny Heitinga, but failed to show a red to Nigel de Jong's high boot on Spanish midfielder, Xabi Alonso.


World Cup referee donates to children's hospice

World Cup referee Howard Webb recently presented a cheque to the North Anston based children's hospice close to his heart, Bluebell Wood.

Howard Webb presents a cheque to Bluebell Wood Credit: Bluebell Wood

Howard, who is a patron of the charity, was recently guest speaker at the Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Harrogate, and requested that his fee be donated to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Howard said: "It's nice to be able to give something back to the local community and after visiting Bluebell on numerous occasions I think they are a very deserving charity.

"I really support the fantastic work they do and I'm honoured to be a patron."

Webb referees school match

World cup referee Howard Webb is going back to school for a charity football match ahead of the European Championships. He'll be at St Bernard's Catholic School in Rotherham helping fundraise for pupils to do charity work in South Africa.

World cup final referee Howard Webb Credit: ITV Yorkshire