2010 FIFA World Cup: Holland Coach Criticises Cup Final Ref Howard Webb
Netherlands coach, Bert van Marwijk, has criticised English referee Howard Webb who was in charge of the Final, after his side was beaten 1-0 by Spain.
The match was full of fouls which lead to Webb booking 13 players and dismissing Dutchman Johnny Heitinga for two yellow cards.
"I don't think the referee controlled the match well," said Van Marwijk.
"Both sides committed fouls. That may be regrettable for a final. But the best team won the match."
The Dutch fans booed Howard Webb as he and his assistants walked up to collect their medals.
It was an extremely challenging match for the officials, which produced a new record number of bookings for a World Cup final.
Nine out of the 13 bookings went to the Netherland players. They were very fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men in the first half. Nigel de Jong made a horrific tackle on Xabi Alonso, when he raised a boot and landed it on his chest.
Many fans and commentators watching the game, including Alan Shearer and I, thought that more of the tackles should have been punished.
I can't see how Van Marwijk thinks there were too many cards shown. There were at least three tackles that could have been worthy of a red, and many more that could have warranted a yellow card.
Webb took control of the game and dealt out his cards fairly. Van Marwijk is just trying to find someone to blame for his teams defeat.
World Cup Final Yellow Cards
14: Robin van Persie (Netherlands) for late tackle on Joan Capdevila
16: Carles Puyol (Spain) for late tackle on Arjen Robben
21: Mark van Bommel (Netherlands) for late tackle on Andres Iniesta
22: Sergio Ramos (Spain) for foul on Dirk Kuyt
27: Nigel de Jong (Netherlands) for high tackle on Xabi Alonso
53: Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Netherlands) for professional foul on Sergio Ramos
56: Johnny Heitinga (Netherlands) for unsporting behaviour
66: Joan Capdevila (Spain) for unsporting behaviour
83: Arjen Robben (Netherlands) for protesting a decision
108: Johnny Heitinga (Netherlands) is shown a second yellow and subsequently a red card for pulling back Andrea Iniesta
110: Gregory van der Wiel (Netherlands) for unsporting behaviour
117: Joris Mathijsen (Netherlands) for unsporting behaviour
117: Andres Iniesta (Spain) for removing his shirt
120: Xavi (Spain) for unsporting behaviour
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