World Cup 2010: Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong blame Howard Webb for Netherlands' final defeat

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Hard tackling Netherlands World Cup 2010 duo Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong have blasted referee Howard Webb after their final defeat to Spain.

The Rotherham-born official handed out a World Cup final record 14 bookings and sent off Dutch centre back Johnny Heitinga during the controversial clash.

Both De Jong and Van Bommel put in several crunching tackles, with the Manchester City man lucky to stay on the pitch after a high kick on Xabi Alonso in the 1-0 defeat.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Van Bommel stated Webb's display had unduly influenced the result. He said: "Everyone can see that he clearly affected the final.

"I am not happy with second place, while it equals our best ever World Cup performance, it means nothing. We have nothing.

"I think this team deserve more, I will carry this defeat for rest of my life."

The Dutch were outraged by Webb's decision to not give a corner kick and foul in the build-up to Andres Iniesta's goal. These incidents led to De Jong adding to his midfield partners attack.

He added: "The referee had a big say.

"Mistakes are part of every referee in football, but tonight it was very unfortunate for us."

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