Premier League and internationally renowned referee Howard Webb has retired from officiating matches and will now become the technical director of the official referees’ association.
After 26 years as a referee of some of footballs most important games, including the 2010 World Cup final, Webb has decided to call it a day. He became a referee in 1989 and was elected to the elite ‘Select Group’ of referees in 2003.
In addition to being in charge of almost all domestic finals of the last decade Webb was honoured by the Queen and received an MBE for services to football in 2011.
In his new post Webb will work to improve the standard of refereeing and implement the laws of the game. Webb believes that the current crop is of a high class and he looks forward to blooding the new generation of referees.