Former World Cup referee Howard Webb has added another string to his bow - as a Sheffield charity’s newest patron.
Howard has pledged his support to the epilepsy charity Fable, which supports patients living with the condition.
His role will include helping to ‘grant wishes’ to people with epilepsy – which will include treating patients to special trips and visits.
Howard said he was proud to take on the role, adding: “I am very privileged to be asked to become a patron of Fable, as I am honoured to help support the work they do to help people affected by epilepsy.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team on a number of events and projects, as well as helping to grant more wishes and dreams.”
Howard, from Rotherham, started refereeing in local leagues in 1989, juggling his time on the pitch with his day job as a South Yorkshire Police officer.
Eventually he came to officiate at some of the world’s biggest football matches, including the FA Cup and World Cup finals.
He stepped down as a referee earlier this year, becoming technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.
Among Fable’s other patrons are retired cricket stars Michael Vaughan and Dickie Bird, wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, and singer Paul Pashley.
The good cause’s founder, Sandra Howard, said: “I am sure Howard will be a great ambassador for the charity.”