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World Cup final referee Howard Webb agrees to assess Irish League referees

By Staff Reporter

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb is on Danske Bank Premiership duty this weekend ­ but the 44-year-old is not coming out of retirement.

Webb, who in 2010 became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year, will be a Referee Observer at the Linfield v Cliftonville game at Windsor Park on Saturday.

The Yorkshire man will assess the performances of the referee team of Andrew Davey, George Argyropoulos, Stephen Donaldson and Ian McNabb and Irish League officials can only benefit from the guidance of a man who has earned his place among the game's all time top referees.

Webb is in Belfast with the match officials from Saudi Arabia who are taking charge of the Northern Ireland v Latvia friendly on Friday night and kindly agreed to be a guest assessor for a Danske Bank Premiership game.

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Lee Tavinder, Irish FA Referee Development Manager, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity to have Howard review the performances of one of our top referees.

"It will be an invaluable experience for Andrew and his team to get feedback from someone with such experience and it's great to see one of the world's top figures in refereeing joining the officials from Saudi Arabia for the International game, supporting our domestic game and referees on Saturday, then running a seminar for Championship officials on Sunday."

Former Fifa official Webb announced his retirement in August 2014 to become the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.

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