Webb selected on Fifa World Cup referee panel

The English official refereed the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands, causing controversy by failing to dismiss Nigel De Jong for a flying kick on Xabi Alonso
Howard Webb has been selected as the sole English representative on Fifa's 25-strong panel of referees for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Webb, regarded by many within the game as the outstanding referee in England, features again after officiating the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

The 42-year-old former police sergeant caused controversy in that match by failing to punish Nigel De Jong for a flying kick to the chest of Xabi Alonso in the opening minutes.

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir, who gained infamy in England for sending off Nani during Manchester United's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Old Trafford last season, is also included on the panel.

Sir Alex Ferguson was described as too "distraught" to talk to the media after the match, which saw United exit the competition, and Uefa gave Cakir no more European games for the remainder of the season.

Felix Brych has also been selected, despite awarding the now notorious "ghost goal" scored by Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling in a Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim in October.

Bjorn Kuipers, Jonas Eriksson, Milorad Mazic, Pedro Proenca, Nicola Rizzoli and Carlos Velasco Carballo complete the nine-man European delegation.

Ravshan Irmatov, Yuichi Nishimura, Nawaf Skukralla and Benjamin Williams make up the Asian contingent, while Noumandiez Doue, Bakary Gassama and Djamel Haimoudi will represent Africa at this summer's tournament.

The Concacaf region has three representatives, too, as Joel Aguilar Chicas, Mark Geiger and Marco Rodriguez Moreno will all be travelling to Brazil.

Finally, Peter O'Leary is Oceania's only referee on the list.