Praise for retiring referee Howard

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke paid tribute to Howard Webb, who announced his retirement as a Premier League match official yesterday.

The Rotherham referee has blown the final whistle on a 25 year career, to plenty of praise from football’s leading figures.

Dyke said: “On behalf of The FA, I would like to pay tribute to Howard Webb for a magnificent and unrivalled refereeing career.

“Howard has taken charge of the biggest games going - not least the 2010 World Cup Final.

“It is no surprise that he was one of our most important ambassadors for The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2013.”

Webb will take up a technical director role with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

PGMOL general manager Mike Riley said: “Howard has been the foremost referee of his generation and an inspiration for match officials in this country and around the world.

“We are very excited that Howard’s knowledge and skills are being retained and shared for them and the rest of PGMOL’s officials.”

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