Referee Howard Webb speaks in Stamford

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ENGLAND’S premier football referee packed out a pub for a talk on his career.

Howard Webb, who officiated the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in South Africa last summer, held a talk for the Stamford Referees Association at the Danish Invader last Thursday.

Mr Webb, who usually spends his time dealing with the likes of Wayne Rooney in the Barclays Premier League, spoke to a crowd of 150 referees and guests.

The talk covered his journey from refereeing amateur football in the Steel City of Sheffield to taking charge of the biggest match in the world at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Mr Webb also spoke about a number of teaching points and gave a humorous incite into the world of professional refereeing.

After the talk, he signed autographs and presented certificates to recent referee hopefuls.

Association chairman Peter Chappell said: “We were delighted with the turnout and Howard gave a fascinating talk.”

The association thanked Mr Webb with a gift and a cheque towards a cancer charity in his home town of Rotherham.