Don’t blame Howard Webb

Blame the Dutch, and their pathetic coach Bert van Marwijk for ruining Sunday nights World Cup Final.

“I don’t think the referee controlled the match well,” said Van Marwijk. What is he on about?

Is he criticizing Webb for not sending off enough of his Dutch side? I somehow doubt it!

What he is probably saying is that it’s Webb’s fault that his side lost, that it’s Webb’s fault that his team kicked lumps out of the opposition.

In an act of deflecting attention away that Alex Ferguson would have been proud off, Van Marwijk is just using Webb as a scapgoat for his disgraceful tactics, they didn’t work and thankfully Holland lost.

So get over it Bert, and stop being a bad loser.

Arjen Robben also blamed Webb, apparently it was the referee’s fault that he missed his two one-on-ones with the keeper, and bottled his chance to win the world cup for Holland. Shame.

It is easy and a cheap shot for people like Johan Cruyff to say Webb should have sent off two Dutch players in the first half, and for Guillem Balague to make the outrageous claim that Webb should have sent off four players, including Carlos Puyol.

What would they be saying if Webb had done this? That the referee wanted to be the centre of attention, that he ruined the game.

Howard Webb did well in my view, I thought it on the night, and on reflection my opinion hasn’t changed.