Premier League referee Howard Webb will fulfill a lifelong ambition on May 30, having been selected to officiate at Wembley for the first time in the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton. The 37-year-old Yorkshireman has established himself as one of the countries most highly-rated referees in English football, and took charge of Liverpool's epic 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night. He has officiated 40 matches in all competitions so far this season, including Barcelona vs Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Brazil's friendly with Italy at the Emirates Stadium, dishing out a total of 127 yellow cards and five reds - three of them to Emmanuel Adebayor, Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo. While he also took charge of two matches at last year's European Championships, incurring the wrath of Poland coach Leo Beenhakker after awarding a controversial late penalty to co-host nation Austria in a 1-1 draw. “Wembley is awesome. I’ve been lucky to referee at the Nou Camp, the Bernabeu, the Allianz Arena, but Wembley is the home of football,” he said. His assistants at the national stadium will be Michael Mullarkey and David Richardson.
22 April 2009
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