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Howard Webb to referee at Brazil World Cup

Updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 16:04 | Comments

Howard Webb shows John Heitinga of the Netherlands a red card at the 2010 World Cup final
Howard Webb shows John Heitinga of the Netherlands a red card at the 2010 World Cup final

2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb is among the 25 named by FIFA on Wednesday for this year's tournament in Brazil.               

The list included nine referees from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three each from Africa and CONCACAF and one from Oceania. Each referee was selected as a part of a team including two linesmen.              

Felix Brych was picked from Germany, Carlos Velasco from Spain and Nicola Rizzoli from Italy, while there were no referees from France. Sandro Ricci was named as Brazil's referee and Nestor Pitana from Argentina.               

Brych was involved in the so-called phantom goal match during a Bundesliga clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim in October.               

He awarded a Stefan Kiessling goal for Leverkusen after failing to see that the ball had entered the net through a hole in the side.
Englishman Webb handed out 14 yellow cards and one red in the Spain-Netherlands final in four years ago, although he was widely criticised for failing to send off any Dutch players in a wild first half as Spain went on to win 1-0 after extra time.
"FIFA has implemented a comprehensive programme to ensure that the referees for its flagship competition are in peak condition," world soccer's governing body said in a statement.
"The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen 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." 

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