"The referee was outrageous!"
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Albeit for different reasons, both
teams had no appreciation for the - indeed terrible
- English referee Howard Webb.
The players of the Dutch team felt
robbed by Webb: "This referee is a disgrace,"
said Wesley Sneijder.
Webb didn't see that Holland should
have had a corner five minutes from the end, when Sneijder's
shot was touched by a defender and the Spanish goal
keeper before it went out. "He is the only one
in the stadium who didn't see it should have been a
corner. Spain then quickly took the goal kick and then
Iniesta is offside when - I believe - Torres plays the
ball to him. The referee doesn't see it, Iniesta gets
the ball again and it's a goal. How can a final of a
World Cup be decided like that?"
Apart from that Sneijder argues
that Iniesta should have been sent off. "He kicked
Van Bommel. The fourth official saw it, but the referee
Johan Cruyff remained a gentleman,
but also revealed he wasn't crazy about Webb's performance:
"Not only did he not send off two Dutchmen but
he also looked the other way at times when he should
have involved himself," the former Barcelona star
Similar comments came from Robin
van Persie and other players, who all seemed to forget
that Van Bommel, De Jong and Sneijder were fortunate
to still be in the game after the first 45 minutes.
Sneijder: "Of course Spain
had some chances, but I believe we did as well. The
referee played a decisive role."
Spanish newspaper Marca gave Webb
0 out of 10. But naturally no one in Spain bemoaned
the fact that the Dutch deserved a corner and that Iniesta
was offside. "De Jong's karate kick on Alonso should
have been red and Van Bommel should have been sent off,
Sneijder was allowed too much and Xavi should have had
a penalty. Conclusion: Webb isn't capable of refereeing
a game at this level. Scandalous, outrageous!"
English newspapers were of course
full of praise of their good old Howard, but the man
himself said the World Cup final left him "physically
and emotionally drained".
How do you think we feel Webb after
you ruined the best game of the year?