Referee debate

Blatter laments Webb's "hard task"

July 12, 2010
By Soccernet staff
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said much-criticised World Cup final referee Howard Webb had a "very hard task" in Sunday's bad-tempered clash between Spain and Netherland's that saw a record 14 yellow cards shown.

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In a record for a final, Webb booked 13 different players - John Heitinga was shown two yellows followed by a red - in a fiery encounter that saw Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal secure a 1-0 win for Spain.

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