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Webb to ref Villa first leg

3 January 2013

Highly-experienced match official Howard Webb has been chosen to referee City's Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg clash with Premiership side Aston Villa next Tuesday.


Webb, who was given an MBE in 2011 for his services to football, is widely regarded as one of the top officials in the game at present and has been seen by many as England's leading referee for many seasons.


In 2010, the 41 year-old former police sergeant became the first referee to officiate in the UEFA Champions League final and FIFA World Cup final in the same year.


Before his appearance in the final, Webb had been refereeing Champions League matches since 2006.


Rotherham-born Webb, who has taken charge of games in the Premier League since 2003, has also acted as a match referee in the F.A Cup final, League Cup final and F.A Community Shield during his career in football.


The FIFA-listed referee has looked over matches at UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012, plus countless other international fixtures, as well in the past.


Webb will be assisted on the night of City's home leg with Villa by Michael Mullarkey and Sian Massey, with Neil Swarbrick acting as fourth official.



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