English referee Howard Webb has been chosen to officiate at the World Cup final on Sunday. The Premier League ref has impressed in his matches so far at the tournament, and he will become the first Englishman to land football’s most prestigious refereeing gig since Jack Taylor in 1974.
Alongside Webb at Soccer City will be assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey. Cann, in particular, has won plaudits for some very good calls in the team’s previous matches.
Former policeman Webb – currently on a five-year career break from his job as a West Yorkshire Police sergeant – and his assistants took charge of Brazil’s ill-tempered second round match with Chile and got a series of tough calls spot-on during Italy’s group defeat to Slovakia.