Howard Webb: We Shouldn't Even Know His Name

Who gives a stuff that a referee won't be refereeing anymore? It really shouldn't have been top story on various football websites on Wednesday...

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gutbukkit (Arsenal) says...

If you change every reference from "referee" to "journalist" you could use this story again when the next football writer retires.

Posted 8:15am 8th August 2014

lazzo (Arsenal) says...

This article is a shocker! A man who makes a living from writing about grown men kicking a ball about, tells people which aspects of the game they should and shouldn't be allowed to care about, talk about "haughty superiority"...

Posted 12:38am 8th August 2014

drpernik (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

To ensure we no longer know anything about our referees, and to raise the quality of referees in the league, let's change all their names to "Howard Webb". That should do it.

Posted 9:20pm 7th August 2014

nanouk (Rangers) says...

Not sure what the fuss about referees is. I live in Germany and a colleague of mine who is a lot more interested in the Bundesliga than the Premier league got this piece of news as well and remarked that another good referee has left the scene. And he compared him to Mr. Collina.....

Posted 8:38pm 7th August 2014

badwolf (Manchester United) says...

Actually Nick, you are missing a rather fundamental point. Webb represented England abroad and was recognised as good. He refereed the biggest games in world football during his time, managed some of the biggest players in world football, and did so without embarrassing us. He was a widely respected professional, and as such he deserves to be recognised. The reason he was considered good was because he was less quirky. But we recognised when Pierluigi Collina retired. This is the same deal.

Posted 4:28pm 7th August 2014

HarryBoulton says...

@zedsmith, couldn't agree more.........

Posted 3:46pm 7th August 2014

liam2013 (Manchester United) says...

Not always the case, everyone knew Pierluigi Collina and he was a top referee who was well respected in the sport

Posted 2:53pm 7th August 2014

jonnywishbone2 (Arsenal) says...

Referees have always been known by name in the top tier, at least since I've been watching football (late 80's onwards). David Elleray, the schoolmaster from Harrow, Keith Hackett, Dermott Gallacher and a host of others are known to people who have followed the PL closely. The increase in notoriety of refs is more or less in line with a host of other phenomena that are fuelled by social media and competition amongst traditional media resulting in the need to generate news. But at least part of the reason we're interested in who the ref is, is because they don't all officiate the game in the same way. The margins in football are so fine that the way the game is refereed (and therefore the identity of the referee) absolutely has the potential to affect the outcome of the game.

Posted 2:49pm 7th August 2014

aitchjay57 (Liverpool) says...

Sorry zedsmith, but article is spot on, was going to comment much more but then realized that Howard Webb will probably read this and it will inflate his ego even more to know he is being discussed!

Posted 2:38pm 7th August 2014

lankymanc (Manchester United) says...

It was reported on this site and now you've written a whole article about it. Beggers belief why we know his name, eh Nick? Plus, given the tone of your piece, beggars belief why referees aren't given the respect they deserve too. Bit of a sh*tty attitude there Mr. Miller.

Posted 2:30pm 7th August 2014

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