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FIFA appoint Webb as final referee

Howard Webb will become the fourth Englishman to referee a World Cup final when he takes charge of Spain v Netherlands.
Howard Webb will become the fourth Englishman to referee a World Cup final when he takes charge of Spain v Netherlands.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • FIFA have named Howard Webb as the referee for Sunday's World Cup final
  • The Englishman takes charge of Spain versus the Netherlands at Soccer City
  • He is the fourth Englishman to be awarded the honor but first since Jack Taylor in 1974
  • Mexico's Benito Archundia takes charge of third-place play-off between Germany and Uruguay

(CNN) -- FIFA have named Howard Webb as the referee for Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands at Soccer City, Johannesburg on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Englishman is highly-regarded within world football's governing body, and his appointment comes less than two months after he took charge of the Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in Madrid.

Webb has excelled during the tournament, taking charge of three matches, among them Spain's opening defeat by Switzerland and Italy's dramatic 3-2 loss to Slovakia, and has yet to send a player off or award a penalty kick.

The Yorkshireman made his English Premier League debut in 2003 and has taken charge of a host of high-profile matches both at home and overseas in recent seasons.

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He becomes the fourth Englishman to referee a World Cup final, but the first since Jack Taylor took charge of the 1974 final between West Germany and the Netherlands.

Mexico's Benito Archundia will take charge of Saturday's third-place play-off between Germany and Uruguay in Port Elizabeth.

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