Bio
Howard Webb
Born: 1971-07-14
Intl. since: 2005-01-10
Hometown: Rotherham
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation: Police sergeant
Hobbies:

The career of UEFA Elite Category referee Howard Webb hasn't gone that smoothly, still it didn't take him long to reach the top. And the top was in 2010 with not only the CL final but also the final of the World Cup.

Rising

Howard Webb's father was a referee and it was he who made his son aware of a referee's course. Howard passed the course when he was 19 years old and started refereeing locally. He became a referee in the Northern Counties East League in 1996. In the year 2000 he was included on the National List of Football League referees. By then he was only 29 years old. Three years later he was selected as a Premiership referee. In 2005 at the age of 34 he received his FIFA badge.

Internationals

Webb's first international match was the friendly match between Northern Ireland and Portugal (1-1) on 15 November 2005.

His first big international tournament was EURO U-21 2006 in Portugal.
His first Champions League match was between Steaua Bucharest and Lyon (0-3) on 26 September 2006.

In 2007 Howard Melton Webb was one of the referees to officiate at the World Cup U-20 2007 in Canada.

2008

It came as a surprise to many that Howard Webb was selected for EURO 2008 in Austria/Switzerland. Probably the FA has a big say in the selection procedure... At least it was good for England to have one (plus two) man present at this tournament.

Webb took charge of two matches in the group stage. With very controversial rulings in the match Austria - Poland, when he allowed an off-side goal and awarded a penalty to Austria in the 92nd minute. Resulting in hundreds of angry e-mails from Polish viewers asking WorldReferee.com for his address/ head. Of course we didn't oblige.

CL final 2010

The other top referees were either not so top or German or Italian. A few were maybe a little too young, unexperienced, one maybe too old (Larsen). And then there was the fact that neither finalists came from England, since long.

WC final 2010

It was a bit of a surprise to see Webb's name for the final. For some reason FIFA did not want a South American for an all European final (like 4 years earlier) and the other top refs had more or less failed (Rosetti, Busacca, De Bleeckere) or were too young (Irmatov, Kassai). Again Webb's name came up after crossing out the other ones.

Euro 2012

Webb is selected, even though we hardly saw him in the Champions League.

but

Just google the man's name or look at the match reports we have got on him and you'll see that not everyone is a fan of Webb. There often seems to be something controversial when he officiates. In April 2010 the news was that Web was NOT suspended after having made a couple of big mistakes. (Maybe he was saved from suspension because he had a chance on the CL final...)

2014

Howard Webb was selected for the WorldCup 2014 in Brazil in which he officiated two matches.

end

In august 2014 Howard Webb has retired as a active match referee.
He started as technical director of PGMOL (England referee commission).

Did you know
HOWARD WEBB

  • March 2012 Webb had to call off the FA Cup match Tottenham - Bolton Wanderers when Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the field. The Bolton player collapsed and had to be resuscitated by medics on the pitch and was then rushed to hospital.
  • Webb told English news papers that the World Cup final was two hours of hell for him. The Dutch press hated him and even the Spaniards were not very favorable, but for one time the English were all for their referee. You can't always blame the ref they seemed to be saying, the Dutch team played too hard.
    Especially the kick in the chest by De jong on Xabi Alonso was mentioned. Nigel de Jong came off with a booking and Alonso was still in pain a few days later

  • Howard Webb has an important part in the documentary "Les Arbitres". You don't only see him having his doubts about the first goal in the Euro 2008 match Austria - Poland, but you also see Webb's father in the stands getting a text from home saying it was off-side.
    UEFA representatives tell him he made a mistake, it was off-side, a mistake by the way, by one of Webb's assistants. The penalty, though, was a right one, everyone in the film agrees.
    Later on Webb and his assistants, while having a beer, get a little speech by Jaap Uilenberg, the referee chief: "I have to be honest, Howard, but..."
  • After the 2008 group stage match Austria - Poland, the Polish prime-minister Donald Tusk said he wanted to kill Webb.
  • In an interview with the Independent, Howard Webb said he'd like to see the reintroduction of the 10-yard rule. If a defensive wall hadn't retreated sufficiently the referee has the option of moving it back. According to Webb it is useful in managing those situations and used to work well. The only problem is that to move it back someone has to be booked, which seems to hinder it being used to its full extent. FIFA abandoned it after a couple of seasons, claiming that non-rugby playing nations would have difficulty understanding it. Webb doesn't see the problem.
  • Howard Webb thinks some help, either with video replays or some form of chip in the ball, would certainly improve the game.
  • Webb's first five matches in the Premier League did not produce a single goal.
  • In an interview with the BBC Howard tells "being a good referee all comes down to the way you manage people and how you communicate with them".
  • Graeme Souness received a one-game touchline ban and £10,000 fine for a tirade at Webb in November 2004. He said the referee failed to spot a foul in the build-up to one of Fulham's goals in their 4-1 win at Newcastle and did not award what Souness called a "blatant penalty" when Alan Shearer fell in the Fulham penalty area.
  • Even though most English Premier League referees are professionals who get paid for their job, Howard Webb seems to have kept his day job as a police man, but took a 5 year sabbatical.
  • Part of the movie documentary Les Arbitres was put on Youtube
  • Webb was awarded an MBE in 2010. making him a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a prestigious title given by the British regent.
  • He refereed the 2010 World Cup Final, giving out a record 19 Cautions, the most ever to date.
  • Howard Webb refereed more Manchester United game than any other club in the English Premier League.
  • In 2011 Liverpool player Ryan Babael got into trouble with the FA for tweeting this "picture" of Webb. This was after a match Man U - Liverpool, won by the former with a penalty. The fine for Babel was 10.000 pounds (a half a day's wages)



Statistics
Statistics for HOWARD WEBB
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 16 7 23
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 211 248 459
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 10 11 21
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.14 0.06 0.1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.83 2.16 2
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.09 0.1 0.09

Based on 115 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR HOWARD WEBB
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 2014
round of 16BrazilChile2014-06-281 - 1 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageColombiaCote d'Ivoire2014-06-192 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2013 - 2014
round of 16FiorentinaJuventus2014-03-200 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2013 - 2014
1/2 finalReal MadridBayern Munich2014-04-231 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsAtlético de MadridBarcelona2014-04-091 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16Schalke 04Real Madrid2014-02-261 - 6 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAC MilanAjax2013-12-110 - 0 5 (4-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJuventusReal Madrid2013-11-052 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortoAtlético de Madrid2013-10-011 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsDinamo ZagrebAustria Wien2013-08-210 - 2 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2013
1/2 finalSpainItaly2013-06-270 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilMexico2013-06-192 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2014 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsSwedenPortugal2013-11-192 - 3 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CroatiaBelgium2013-10-111 - 2 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NorwaySwitzerland2013-09-100 - 2 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyRomania2012-10-120 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2012 - 2013
1/2 finalsReal MadridDortmund2013-04-302 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16ShakhtarDortmund2013-02-132 - 2 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageValenciaBayern Munich2012-11-201 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAC MilanMalaga2012-11-061 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortoPSG2012-10-031 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Play-offsBATEKiryat Shmona2012-08-222 - 0 7 (2-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2012
1/4 finalsCzech RepublicPortugal2012-06-210 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageItalyCroatia2012-06-141 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageRussiaCzech Republic2012-06-084 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic qualifiers 2012 - Playoffs
Oman OTSenegal OT2012-04-230 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2011-2012
1/2 finalsBayern MunichReal Madrid2012-04-172 - 1 9 (3-6)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16BenficaZenit2012-03-062 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDortmundMarseille2011-12-062 - 3 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLille OSCInternazionale2011-10-180 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageZenitPorto2011-09-283 - 1 5 (1-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers play-offsGenkMaccabi Haifa2011-08-232 - 1 6 (0-6)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Kirin Cup
JapanPeru2011-06-010 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2010 - 2011
round of 32PortoSevilla FC2011-02-230 - 1 5 (1-4)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2012 qualifiers
play-offsBosnia-HerzegovinaPortugal2011-11-110 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GreeceCroatia2011-10-072 - 0 9 (5-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RomaniaFrance2011-09-060 - 0 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyTurkey2010-10-083 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2010-2011
round of 16ShakhtarAS Roma2011-03-083 - 0 7 (2-5)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageBenficaSchalke 042010-12-071 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAC MilanReal Madrid2010-11-032 - 2 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageHapoel Tel AvivLyon2010-09-291 - 3 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
WC 2010
finalNetherlandsSpain2010-07-110 - 1 13 (8-5)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16BrazilChile2010-06-283 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSlovakiaItaly2010-06-243 - 2 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSpainSwitzerland2010-06-160 - 1 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2009 u17
1/4 finalsKorea Republic u17Nigeria u172009-11-091 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGambia u17Colombia u172009-10-312 - 2 5 (4-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageNew Zealand u17Burkina Faso u172009-10-281 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil u17Japan u172009-10-243 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2009-2010
finalBayern MunichInternazionale2010-05-220 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsInternazionaleCSKA Moskva2010-03-311 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16OlympiakosBordeaux2010-02-230 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDynamo KyivBarcelona2009-12-091 - 2 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAC MilanMarseille2009-11-251 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBayern MunichJuventus2009-09-300 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsFiorentinaSporting2009-08-261 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2009
group stageIraqNew Zealand2009-06-200 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilEgypt2009-06-154 - 3 1 (0-1)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
HungaryCzech Republic2013-08-141 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilRussia2013-03-251 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WalesCosta Rica2012-02-290 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilScotland2011-03-272 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkCzech Republic2010-11-170 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilItaly2009-02-102 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustraliaSouth Africa2008-08-192 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyDenmark2007-03-280 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
1/2 finalsWerder BremenHamburger SV2009-04-300 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSampdoriaSevilla FC2008-12-181 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
AzerbaijanRussia2009-10-141 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceLithuania2009-04-011 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PortugalDenmark2008-09-102 - 3 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2008-2009
1/4 finalsBarcelonaBayern Munich2009-04-084 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutAtlético de MadridPorto2009-02-242 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLyonBayern Munich2008-12-102 - 3 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Group stageInternazionaleAnorthosis2008-10-221 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageShakhtarBarcelona2008-10-011 - 2 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundFiorentinaSlavia2008-08-122 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SuperLiga
finalNew England RevolutionHouston Dynamo2008-07-302 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008
group stageGreeceSpain2008-06-181 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAustriaPoland2008-06-121 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
1/4 finalsBayern MunichGetafe2008-04-031 - 1 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
1st knockoutPortoSchalke 042008-03-051 - 0 5 (1-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLazioOlympiakos2007-11-281 - 2 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVFenerbahce SK2007-10-230 - 0 6 (3-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageReal MadridWerder Bremen2007-09-182 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundFenerbahce SKAnderlecht2007-08-151 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2007 u20
1/2 finalsAustria u20Czech Republic u202007-07-180 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsChile u20Nigeria u202007-07-154 - 0 8 (2-6)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCanada u20Congo DR u202007-07-080 - 2 3 (3-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMexico u20Portugal u202007-07-052 - 1 8 (5-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePoland u20Brazil u202007-06-301 - 0 7 (4-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
round of 16LensLeverkusen2007-03-082 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
round of 32AjaxWerder Bremen2007-02-223 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSparta PragueEspanyol2006-10-190 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Euro 2007 u21 qualifiers
play-offsFrance u21Israel u212006-10-071 - 1 9 (2-7)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
group stageSteauaLyon2006-09-260 - 3 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
SloveniaBulgaria2007-11-210 - 2 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyCzech Republic2007-10-170 - 3 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UkraineItaly2007-09-121 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
LithuaniaFrance2007-03-240 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsBelarus2006-09-063 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2006
3rd roundDniproMarseille2006-07-222 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21
1/2 finalsSerbia and Montenegro u21Ukraine u212006-06-010 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageItaly u21Ukraine u212006-05-261 - 0 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortugal u21France u212006-05-230 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u19 qualifiers
Belgium u19Sweden u192005-10-071 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Hungary u19Sweden u192005-10-051 - 3 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21 qualifiers
Spain u21Serbia and Montenegro u212005-09-062 - 0 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
group stageHertha BSCLens2005-11-240 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSampdoriaSetúbal2005-09-291 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundZurichLegia Warszawa2005-08-254 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundZurichLegia Warszawa2005-08-254 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
qualifiers 2nd roundHakaVÃ¥lerenga2005-08-031 - 4 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2005
2nd roundAnkarasporDubnica MFK2005-07-020 - 4 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)