World Cup 2010: Premier League chief Richard Scudamore defends final referee Howard Webb

Official handled tough game well
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has expressed relief that Howard Webb refereed a testing World Cup final with composure and no little skill.

Webb, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was faced with a tough game between the Netherlands and Spain in which the Dutch took a robust approach that has been widely criticised.

Webb handed out 14 yellow cards, including two to John Heitinga, in a game which Holland were fortunate to finish with as many as ten men still on the pitch.

But Scudamore believes Webb did a good job in testing circumstances.

"It was an extremely difficult game to referee," he said, according to The Independent.

"Thank goodness it was Howard who was refereeing it."

Scudamore had hailed Webb's appointment for the final as a triumph for Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the organisation which is in charge of Premier League match officials.

Criticism of Webb has been fierce in Holland though, with Dutch winger Arjen Robben questioning Webb's competence to handle the final.

Dutch great Johan Cruyff believed that Webb should have been harder on the Netherlands than he was.

"Not only did he not send off two Dutchmen but he also looked the other way at times when he should have involved himself," the former Barcelona star said.

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