FROM Soccer City to Sheffield City Hall - World Cup referee Howard Webb was in the spotlight again when he collected an honorary doctorate for his services to sport.
The award from Sheffield Hallam University is the latest accolade for the 40-year-old Rotherham police officer who was also made an MBE in the New Year honours.
In front of a packed audience Howard praised the role played by Sheffield Hallam’s psychological and physiological staff in preparing him for the World Cup finals in South Africa last year.
He took part in 12 high altitude simulation sessions in Hallam’s environment chamber before setting out for the tournament, a training regime which many have linked to his performances in the tournament.
Howard told his fellow graduates: “Sheffield Hallam played a significant part in my preparation for 2010.
“I’ll never know how much difference it made but you can draw your own conclusions.”