The referee’s an MBE...

World Cup Referee Howard Webb poses in the Quadrangle of Buckingham Palace, London after being presented with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal by the Prince of Wales.
World Cup Referee Howard Webb poses in the Quadrangle of Buckingham Palace, London after being presented with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal by the Prince of Wales.
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WORLD Cup referee Howard Webb from Rotherham has netted another accolade – his MBE, presented by Prince Charles.

The South Yorkshire Police sergeant turned football match official travelled to Buckingham Palace yesterday to collect his honour.

Webb, 39, took charge of last year’s World Cup final in Johannesburg, and set a record of showing 14 yellow cards and one red card during the Spain v Netherlands final.

Also collecting honours from the Prince of Wales yesterday were record producer and musician Trevor Horn, who masterminded banned single Relax and collected his CBE, and RAF pilot Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune, given the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing wounded troops in Afghanistan.