FIFA has confirmed Rotherham’s Howard Webb will be the English referee at this year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
It’s the second time the 42-year-old South Yorkshire police sergeant has been chosen for the event, having officiated in South Africa in 2010 when he became the first Englishman to take charge of a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974.
In the 2010 Netherlands v Spain final Webb handed out 14 yellow cards, including two to Holland’s John Heitinga, doubling the former record of six yellows for a World Cup final, set in 1986.
Webb - named last week as the world’s No 1 referee in 2013 - will be assisted this summer by Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann, his assistants from the 2010 tournament.
The world governing body’s referees committee announced its 25 referee trios and eight support duos, representing 43 different countries, after making the appointments at its meeting in Zurich.
FIFA said the referees had been selected “based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams’ tactical approaches towards each game”.
Webb, who lives in Moorgate, says that his police employers have been “extremely helpful in making my hours flexible so that I can continue with my commitments.”