The World Cup-bound official was widely accused of biased officiating in favour of Arsenal after failing to award Liverpool a penalty when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brutally floored Luis Suarez in the penalty box.
And he’s no stranger to being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, which suggests he enjoys being the centre of attention, particularly as he knows he is the FA’s prodigal son who will be representing the country in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
But yesterday’s controversy at the Emirates had thousands of fans taking to Twitter to condemn his performance and question his reputation as one of the world’s best referees…
— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) February 16, 2014
Terrible display by Howard Webb today. But at least he has the courage to come out and face the press… pic.twitter.com/iJLqDuYOJh
— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) February 16, 2014
Seasons come and seasons go. Players and managers can change but you can always count on Howard Webb making dreadful decisions #LFC
— Gareth Scale (@RealSlimScaley) February 17, 2014
Does Howard Webb think it’s Valentines Day today dishing out all these cards?!
— Luis Suarez (@Luis16saurez) February 16, 2014
Sort of love that a villain on House of Cards is named Howard Webb.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 15, 2014
The one person still allowed to affect billion £ outcomes, crowd anger & RESULT is only person who must NOT be interviewed. How much longer?
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) February 16, 2014
Whole stadium, Arsenal and Liverpool fans alike, join in a chorus of ‘you’re not fit to referee’.
— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) February 16, 2014
Howard Webb did have a shocker yesterday. No question. But in fairness, he’s not the only Man United star to perform badly this season.
— Emile Heskey (@Not_EmileHeskey) February 17, 2014
I see Howard Webb is trending, he will love that, absolutely *love* that.
— Ally Moncrieff (@AllorNothingMag) February 16, 2014
Just what was Howard Webb thinking?? pic.twitter.com/r0ilrC2FOO
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 16, 2014