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Although it was techincally a penalty I have to ask why Howard Webb thought that the last minute of injury time was the correct time to take action against all the shoving that happens in the box. Maybe he thought it would be a fair result if Austria were at least given an opportunity to get something from the game.

I remember the Republic of Ireland getting a similair injury time decision against Spain in the World Cup 2002 after both teams were at it in either penalty box for the entire match.

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posted Jun 16, 2008

""Also, if that was england who had the pen against them there would be just the same problems with death threat"

We would issue death threats againt Webb?? Or another ref? Either or neither, I disagree."

Im saying English fans would send death threats if something like that happened to England, you disagree but that Swedish ref a few years back got a load of threats from English fans, i forget what it was for.

Consistancy is key in being a ref

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posted Jun 16, 2008

The Swedish ref quit football because of threats per Chelsea.

Also, English fans were well steamed with the Referee in the England/Portugal game and that goal called off of England's.

Remember, the Sun made a big mockery of him and stuff I believe.

Though clearly, the Polish fans should be better sports, their President as well.

Germany won over Austria and that may well have happened if Poland won the Austria game, so they were out both ways because of just the first game.

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posted Jun 18, 2008

Did you see today Webb's decision on a faul on Andres Iniesta? Well, today no penalty, wonder why? Change of your rules again, Mr. Webb? So what Poland had done that it deserved such a special treatment of you last week? Today, was it too soft and subtle to give a penalty? Pathetic...

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Sure, Webb made the correct decision. However, these incidents in the penalty area, especially with corners, happened frequently throughout the match. No action was taken in the majority of these cases! The referee would have earned more respect had he set the standard by giving a penalty early in the match...(there were lenty of opportunities to do so!) not in injury time... that would have really taken some character!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Austrian.
Sour.
Grapes.

Three words that spring to mind.

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Well he's going home after all.

"Remaining teams
UEFA has also stated that the referee teams led by Fröjdfeldt, Vassaras, Rosetti, Mejuto, Micheľ, Busacca, Fandel and De Bleeckere will all stay on for the semi-finals, meaning the departure of the officials from Austria, England, the Netherlands and Norway. The appointments for the remaining three games in the tournament will be announced in due course"

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comment by Pisces (U10274403)

posted Jun 19, 2008

Hopefully one last comment on this topic. The point about referee inconsistency has been made many times. Currently behavior, especially at corner kicks, is a blend of football, rugby and American football. It is destroying the game and will surely raise it's ugly head again, sooner than later.

Having said this, Poland is gone, Austria is gone, Mr. Webb is gone, let them rest in peace!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Yes, today UEFA has decided to rid of Mr. Webb from the Championships and sent him home. They appointed him only for a completely unimportant last match of Greece vs Spain
just to defend
themselves and Mr. Webb not to loose face. Now the decision shows the truth about Mr.Webb's decision and assessment.
On top of that, today an assistant
referee of the main, Mr. Webb, said about the match between Austria and Poland and the penalty: "We've f.cked up that game".
Looking back on the previous comments of the British press and most of the British commentators here on this forum, they
show how biased they all have been.
To make the point clear I was ashamed of some of Polish fans reactions too, however
one must not harm normal people, fans and footballers by either cheating and unfair decisions (the whole 2nf half of the match)
or enormous lack of competence or maturity of the referee.
Anyway, wishing Mr.Webb to grow up quickly and all the best for future!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

The assistant referee I mentioned above is Mr. D.Cann just to avoid misunderstandings...

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Times, June 19, 2008 and no further comments:

"Uefa have told Howard Webb, the Premier League referee, he will not be retained for the knockout stages of Euro 2008.

The Premier League referee courted controversy when he awarded Austria an injury time penalty in their 1-1 draw with Poland last week.Webb's only other match was the match between Spain and Greece in Salzburg on Tuesday, however the fate of both teams had already been decided.




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