Webb comes in for Dutch criticism


Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk was unhappy with the performance of English referee Howard Webb after losing 1-0 to Spain in the World Cup final.

Andres Iniesta's extra-time winner settled a hard-fought encounter in Johannesburg in which Webb issued a new final record of 14 yellow cards – nine of which were brandished at the Dutch in an often bad-tempered match.

Two of those went to defender Johnny Heitinga, who was sent off seven minutes before Iniesta's decisive strike, and afterwards van Marwijk was unhappy with the performance of Webb.

"I don't think the referee controlled the match well. But let me be clear about this – the best team won the match," he said.

"I'm trying to analyse the match as best as possible. But I read a few things today about how angry Spain were at the refereeing in the first match against Switzerland.

"If you view the performance (of the referee) today, you'd almost think now that that first match had an influence on this game now."

Meanwhile, van Marwijk denied suggestions that he had sent out his side to stifle Spain's creativity with a string of overly-physical challenges.

"It's not our style. Let me put it this way, it's not our style to commit horrible fouls. It's not our kind of football," he continued.

"It was a World Cup final and people were tense. Look at the rest of the tournament. I think both sides, also the Spaniards, committed terrible fouls.

"I'm on the bench and I haven't seen any replays. I'd have to see the replays. The way I saw it from the bench was very different."

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