Howard Webb

George Courtney: Chelsea did the wrong thing reporting the referee

I can say with hand on heart that as far as referees are concerned it is inconceivable for me that a top referee could make a racist remark to a player. It's such a sensitive issue, and quite rightly so, that I would be staggered if Mark Clattenburg had even thought such nonsense.

Thoughts with Fabrice but focus is then on football

Football moved on at White Hart Lane last night, with relief and gratitude. This was not quite an ordinary FA Cup quarter-final, and there was a very dignified nod to the events of 10 days ago before the game and at half-time.

Stoke accuse FA of 'losing the plot' over referees

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has accused the Football Association of "losing the plot" over its rules on managers commenting on referees. Stoke manager Tony Pulis was warned this week as to his future conduct after praising Howard Webb ahead of his side's FA Cup semi-final with Bolton, which Webb officiated.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti hit with FA warning

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea counterpart Carlo Ancelotti have both received warnings from the Football Association for making comments about Howard Webb before their recent Barclays Premier League clash.

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Dutch media blame 'chump' Webb for defeat

The Dutch media today labelled English referee Howard Webb a "chump" following his controversial display in Holland's 1-0 defeat to Spain in the World Cup final last night.

Van Marwijk rages at Webb as crowds jeer

Bert van Marwijk tried to blame the Netherlands' defeat on English referee Howard Webb last night after his side's negative approach failed to stop Spain in the World Cup final.