Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has sympathised with referee Howard Webb following his performance in the World Cup final.
Webb was criticised by members of the Dutch squad after they felt a series of wrong decisions were to blame for their defeat in Johannesburg.
Ferguson believes the Premier League official had a difficult match to take charge of and the behaviour of the players did not help matters.
“He was given an impossible task with the behaviour of the players. I think it got to the stage in the first half that showing a red card would have put him under pressure, criticism-wise.” Ferguson told Canadian television.
"A World Cup final, having a player sent off, it's not the done thing and you don't want to see that. The public doesn't want to see that, the spectators who have gone to the game don't want to see that, and he was left in that position.
"There was no way out for him. If he had sent a player off, he would have faced criticism. If he didn't send a player off, he would get criticism. I think at half-time he realised that, and in the second half, his momentum got less and less."