Referee Named For Man Utd vs Chelsea Clash: More Controversy To Follow?

By on April 30, 2013

Howard Webb has been named as the man to take charge of Manchester United clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

While Webb may be regarded as England’s top official and one of the best in Europe after taking charge of the 2010 World Cup final, he is still no stranger to controversy – particularly when he’s officiated United games.

Back in 2011, Webb refereed United’s FA Cup clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford and controversially awarded the home side a penalty and sent off Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard during a 1-0 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel famously posted the above image of Webb in a United shirt on Twitter after the game, saying:

‘And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH [shaking my head].’

Babel later became the first footballer to be censured for comments made on a social networking site when he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA and fined £10,000. This was the last time Webb officiated a United FA Cup game at Old Trafford until last month when he was appointed to oversee United’s quarter final tie with Chelsea, which passed off without incident in a 2-2 draw.

Webb also once clashed with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for disallowing a Salomon Kalou goal against Blackburn back in 2007. The Portuguse coach promptly demanded an apology from the referee but was left waiting.

With Chelsea currently desperate for points as they battle to secure a top-four finish, they wont be happy to learn that Man Utd have won 13 and lost just one of the 15 Premier League games that Webb has taken charge of at Old Trafford.

Hopefully we will be talking about a great football match on Monday morning and not more controversial refereeing decisions!

What do you make of Webb’s appointment? Get involved in the comments section below.

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30 Comments

  1. omotunde

    April 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    i knw he wll officiate well.

    • Udosen, ubong

      May 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

      With or without web, chelsea has all it takes 2 run down manu, if only Benitez will sub Ba 4 Torres n alow mikel, hazard, mata, oscar n ramires 2 play 4 90mins without lampard dew 2 his slow pace.

  2. Steve

    April 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    what a useless article. There’s a minute I’ll never get back!

    • chris

      April 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      indeed a useless article.

  3. lira patrick.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    no is a fek refree we dont want him to officate this match becouse he will automatically make manchester united grab three points which is not right now for chelsea struglling for chmpione legue sport.s/worst of it all it will be the day for trophy handing this relly very conrticting becouse they and fans want to see their club on a winning truck so chelsea chould be very carefull agenst him the world knows him as amanchester united suppoter but ireally wonder wy fa still grant him power to officate any match agnest munited

  4. Okoye stanly

    April 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Lets pray dat he does well on sunday

  5. lucky

    April 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    If he misbehave, God will punish him

  6. abdul hafiz

    April 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    web 1 v chelzea 2

    • patrick Mokashi

      May 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      If webb misbehave again, fans are ready to make him wear man u jersey as the 13th man of the game.

  7. chukwukasolomon

    April 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    webb agian i have nothing 2 say now till sunday, God pass him.

  8. OLAMILEKAN BELLO

    April 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Well,let us wait and see

  9. Gbenga

    April 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Why Webb? Why should he be the one to officiates matches betwn Man U and the rest of the big four? F.A must have sent him to do the damage. We will see.

  10. Ige ademola

    April 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Y r u criticizn webb? he is d best ref in d world.

  11. MOHAMMED MOHAMMED

    April 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Chelsea will win the match

  12. Leonard

    April 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Y webb…i av no doubt abt im bein 1 of d bst ref in d world buh hz a united fan 4 god sake. Dz no nonsense article am sure united fans r d 1 sayn dz. Chelsea r alwayz d beta side against united…wif or wifout webb,we r gona win. God pas una.

  13. Olaolu

    April 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Mr Webb is a brillant ref but cant be trusted when it comes to utd.i cant 4gt dos dubious penalties at stamford bridge last season.chelsea needs to play convincinly if they hope to get anytn out of that game.lets hope for d best frm mr webb.

  14. D Voice of Man is da Voice of God

    May 1, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Hmmmmm, this FA, one day they will be ashamed and disgrace in England, as Fø̲̣̣я̅ WeBB, he will roast in HELL

  15. larry

    May 1, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Probably, he was chosen so that he can get his medal for the wonderful work he has done for his team Manchester united this season. FA chose him cos they know what they have been cooking behind camera’s with Webb and united.

  16. Abiodun

    May 1, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Webb is gud refrees, but he luv man u more than anytin. There should b no controvesial red card on sun. All eye is on him

  17. sanusi usman

    May 1, 2013 at 6:47 am

    By god grace we are going to win web

  18. Agboola sheriff adebayo

    May 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I knw by d grace of God webb will fall on dat sunday bcos chelsea will beat man utd.and FA will b disgraced

  19. Adedeji olo

    May 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Y web again, i tot man utd av been crowned dis season EPL already. Y must web refer utd match against chelsea at dis crucial stage lyk dis. Fa God knws ur mind o o

  20. Adedeji olo

    May 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I hpe mr web ‘ll do wel in dis match in orda nt 2 tarnish his image more….

  21. victor

    May 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Fa have stated again will know dt web is man u, i pray no controverse will happen

  22. Twaryina

    May 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Chlsea fans should stop complaining, let their players play heard, but wat I know is dat Utd is not going 2 joke wit dem. No top4 for chelsea

  23. Corrupt

    May 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    he destroyed a lot of games,but I hope in this match he will make a good job.

  24. Wizsmart

    May 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Chelsea is winning dat match becus OUR GOD is gr8ter dan webb

  25. Kingsley

    May 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Y chelsea fans are crying over web last fa cup did he rub u guys? Just play well if u want 2 c first 4,even thou dat man u have won d league we will still stop ur hope of playing d champion league next season. So u guys play well

  26. Udochukwu jite

    May 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Webb ehhh gush ¤he offcted our match wit man utd last time ,why is he de one been chosen again does it mean no oda ref can take charge of we and dem ,anyway we all kw dia plans bt i kw wit God winin is ours. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa wat a goal he has scored

  27. Nse Effiong

    May 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I want Benitize to use Ba instead of Toress in manunited clash blues for life score line 2-1 in favour of

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