Official still in line to officiate final…World Cup 2010 referee Howard Webb has been overlooked by FIFA for the two semi-final clashes this week but has been kept on as a possibility for the final.
The Rotherham-born official has shone at the tournament, along with assistants Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann. He has presided over four games in South Africa, but was also overlooked for a quarter-final fixture.
Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov will referee the semi-final clash between Uruguay and Holland along with his assistants Rafael Ilyasov and Bakhadyr Kochkarov.
Meanwhile the Hungarian team of officials, referee Viktor Kassai, and assistants Gabor Eros and Tibor Vamos will take charge of the semi-final between Germany and Spain.
Referees who officiate the semi-finals are almost certain to miss out on taking charge of the final, meaning Webb could still play a part in the tournament by refereeing the final or third/fourth place play-off.
Webb has enjoyed a season in spotlight and took control of the Champions League final between Inter and Bayern Munich.