Premier League referee Howard Webb has been awarded an MBE. It is unclear whether the honour has been bestowed for his refereeing or for services to policemen taking no action against unprovoked assaults they have witnessed.
We would suggest the decision was a kick in the teeth for Xabi Alonso, but he has already taken one in the chest so no doubt he will cope.
Cop Webb – on a five-year career break from his job at South Yorkshire Police – refereed both the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010.
He said: “It has been an unbelievable 12 months and this honour tops off an amazing 2010.
“It will be a real treat to go to the Palace with my wife and family and it should be a marvellous occasion.
“I always say refereeing is about your team, and without the support and ability of my assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey I would not have been selected for the final. This honour is for them too and it would be lovely if they could be recognised in a similar way at some point in the future.”
Alright, Howard. That’s not really up to you.