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In 2010, Howard Webb became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year - now he is to be put in the spotlight on a very different stage.

He will be quizzed by BBC Look North’s Tanya Arnold in front of a crowd of delegates at this year’s Yorkshire International Business Convention at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham on May 16.

Howard will relinquish his usual on-field power to speak about his refereeing career, from taking up refereeing in local leagues in 1989 to preparing to travel to Brazil this summer to officiate in the World Cup.

Mike Firth, founder of YIBC, said: “Having Howard and Tanya on stage in a live talk is a fantastic addition to the line-up for Rotherham’s first YIBC.

“For many years, the convention has welcomed speakers from the world of sport to offer delegates something a bit different to what they would expect from a business event.

“We have had the likes of former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and Paralympian David Weir speak in the past and Howard’s story should be another excellent account.

“Sport is one of the biggest businesses in the world. To be successful you need to have determination, vision, the will to win and the skills to succeed.”