August 6, 2014

Howard Webb has finished his career and becomes Technical Director of PGMOL

"As expected, Howard Webb MBE has finished his career as a referee and has been appointed Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).



As Technical Director, Webb will be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials. He will manage the PGMOL training programme and coaching system and will work extensively on the successful development programme that provides a pathway for referees from Level 3 through to the Select Group.

Additionally Webb will take a public-facing role, informing and educating on refereeing matters. Webb will report to PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley and joins his management team.
"I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch," Webb said. "I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine UEFA and FIFA tournaments, and taken charge of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals.
"Refereeing has given me so much and it’s important that match officials who have had the rewards remain in the game to pass on their knowledge. I also have much more to learn about the business of refereeing and the best place for me to do that is with PGMOL. It’s an incredibly positive working environment and we all have a common goal of improving refereeing.
"Over the last five years in particular we have made huge strides in terms of our accuracy, fitness and professionalism. The current Select Group are the best referees this country has ever produced and I am thrilled that I not only get the chance to continue working with them but also the opportunity to help develop the next generation of Select Group officials.”

Riley is pleased that PGMOL will be retaining the knowledge and skills of Webb “the foremost referee of his generation and an inspiration for match officials in this country and around the world” and these will be shared with other officials.
"While we will no longer see Howard’s commanding presence on the domestic and international stage, we have an excellent mix of experienced officials and some very talented younger referees in our 17-strong Select Group," Riley said. "We are very excited that Howard’s knowledge and skills are being retained and shared for them and the rest of PGMOL’s officials.
"The role of PGMOL Technical Director will strengthen refereeing in this country. The game in England does not stand still: clubs are always innovating and looking to improve, and that’s what we are about at PGMOL, too. Last season we trebled the funding for referee coaching and training and we will continue to invest in match officials from the Premier League down to the contributory leagues.
"We want to accelerate the development of referees from the semi-professional game so that we have an even stronger talent pool to pick from at Select Group level. There is no one better to lead on that than Howard Webb.”

Webb began refereeing in 1989 and progressed through the Northern Counties and Football League to become a Select Group referee in 2003. He has refereed more than 500 Barclays Premier League and Football League matches and officiated in every major domestic final.
A FIFA Elite referee Howard has officiated in eight international tournaments, including two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships.
In 2010 Webb became the first referee to take charge of the UEFA Champions League Final and the FIFA World Cup Final in the same year.
In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to football."

22 Comments:

  1. Huge "THANK YOU", Howard, for all those phenomenal performances, for your big charisma and contact with players no one else has! And, of course, best wishes for you new mission!

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  2. Bad but understandable and expected news. Will be remembered as one of the best referees of all time.

    While it's a shame to ruin this thread, there are few options when we have no discussion forum here...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4FNaAP_3fw

    0:20 - Correct penalty? Looks very harsh in my view. R: Stefan Johannesson, Sweden

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    1. Correct call for my, he brings him down and gets only very little of the ball. Penalty and YC are correct.

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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoXZeHJh2PE
    01:25
    Kulbakov in Partizan - Ludogorets, CL
    RC for violent conduct
    what do you think? is that enough? I agree with the referee, even though the player made a quite theatrical fall.

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  4. Steaua - Aktobe 2-1

    Referee was Zelinka (CZE).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlkeiQFvqDI

    Check Aktobe's goal. Is it valid?

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    1. When the offside situations are so clear, I don't know why the assistant referees miss such scenes.
      Of course, clear active position "influencing" (but even more, totally obstructing) keeper, and goal to be disallowed.
      And another question is: can the referee notice the scene by himself?

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    2. I'm awestruck that such a blatant and critical error was made by Zelinka and his AR (Kordula?). Normally the team performs well together on on a more than solid level. The only explanation I can find is a blackout. At least it was not game-deciding.

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    3. AR involved is Jan Paták (CZE), in FIFA list since this year.

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    4. Oh, sorry, must have mixed them up. Still remains a mystery to me.

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  5. Gautier in Cluj - Dinamo Minsk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sELPz41YljM
    SFP?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gedKq3piiZE
    Penalty? Difficult to say without replay, anyway it seems penalty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0rQQGa2eg
    Penalty whistled.....



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    1. 1) Correct. I would like to see a card-consistency in such situations. It seems the UEFA referees will be extremely strict this season after that crap FIFA showed us at WC.

      2) More a penalty than nothing. However, I can imagine that the contact was really soft and this theatrical fall caused the referee's non-reaction.

      3) Red player touched the blue player's left leg. I don't know whether it caused a fall, but have no problem with this penalty.

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    2. Thanks Hubert and Howard, I anyway think that the penalty whistled is a mistake.
      I agree with you Hubert, especially on point 1. :)

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    3. I'm sorry, Chefren, but this time I don't understand. How is 3) not a Penalty. The defender clearly trips his ppponent. I can say from own experience that if you get caught like that, you will fall.

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    4. I really don't see this contact between legs.

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    5. 0:30, seems quite clear to me.

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    6. 1) Ok, 2) without a replay no judgment possible, so I trust AR2 and referee, 3) correct.

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  6. 1) Acceptable call, but please never show a card to a player lying on the ground, wait till he stands up.
    2) Difficult, could be a penalty or just a spectacular fall. I trust AR 1 here.
    3) Clear penalty for me.

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    1. I think he had to show the red card quick or else a mass confrontation could have occurred. As you can see right after the tackle, many blue players ran into the vicinity.

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  7. GKS Bełchatów - Korona Kielce; referee: Szymon Marciniak (FIFA)
    1) https://vimeo.com/102534126
    2) https://vimeo.com/102534127
    3) https://vimeo.com/102753396
    4) https://vimeo.com/102534190

    Cracovia - Legia Warszawa; referee: Mariusz Złotek
    1) https://vimeo.com/102753395
    2) https://vimeo.com/102535281
    3) https://vimeo.com/102093245
    4) https://vimeo.com/102090589
    How can you tolerate such dissent as in first video?! Would you have abandoned a match for that (3)? No reaction on elbows... (4).

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    1. What dissent are you referring to?

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    2. Marciniak
      1) Difficult situation, but it seems that the foul ends on the line, so penalty is a correct decision.
      2) YC is mandatory for the blatant pulling the shirt, and it might have been also a promising attack.
      3) It seems not enough for a foul, I can accept referee decision.
      4) The player who tries to hit the ball raising the leg had already lost his balance, prior to go towards the opponent for a unavoidable contact. I think that for this reason Marciniak allowed the play to go on. I can accept that. At least, it wasn't a clear foul by defender.

      Złotek
      1) I don't understand why the player was complaining there? A corner kick? It seemed to me goal kick. BTW yes, referee had to book him for his reaction. Really exaggerate.
      2) The foul is really difficult to detect, I watched the replays many times but I still ca't say anything. I would trust the referee here, it sweems that the decision was accepted without big complaints, so ok. A card? I think that in this case a YC can be given.
      3) Well, it was very dangerous. I think that the game had to be stopped for a quite long time, the referee might have asked for an announcement to spectators and then resuming the play. In case of another similar situation, match abandoned.
      4) At least YC, but this seems even intentional. RC wouldn'ìt have ben a scandal!

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