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Howard Webb Knew He’d Made De Jong Mistake After Checking Phone at Half-Time of World Cup Final

Howard Webb Knew He’d Made De Jong Mistake After Checking Phone at Half-Time of World Cup Final

Howard Webb has admitted that he realised he should have sent off Nigel de Jong in the 2010 World Cup final after checking his phone at half-time.

The now-retired English referee was the man in the middle for the major final five years ago when Spain beat Holland 1-0 to become world champions for the first time.

It was a memorable match given the Spanish made history – but it’s also remembered for the physical approach of the Dutch team and de Jong’s kung-fu kick on Xabi Alonso’s chest.

In case you haven’t seen it, let us refresh your memory:

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Ouch!

Anyway, de Jong earned just a yellow card from Webb for the challenge – an obvious mistake to almost everyone who watched the game.

And it seems Webb knew he had dished out the wrong punishment at half-time when he checked his phone to see a message from a colleague in the police.

The former referee told the hilarious story on BT Sport show Fletch And Sav this morning:

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