Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ref Webb exiled to Colchester after string of gaffes in Tyne-Wear derby

Howard Webb has been dropped from the Premier League officials' line-up for next weekend after an error-strewn performance in Sunderland's 3-0 win against Newcastle at St James' Park yesterday.

Sportsmail can reveal that English football's leading official will instead suffer the indignity of presiding over a League One match between Colchester and Shrewsbury next Saturday afternoon.

He will be joined at the Colchester Community Stadium by his two World Cup Final assistant referees, Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey, who also came under fire in the aftermath of an explosive Tyne-Wear derby.

The officials, widely considered as the A-Team by referees' ruling body PGMOL, were criticised after failing to spot what Sunderland believed to be a penalty for a shirt-pull on Danny Graham in the first half, while the Black Cats were also aggrieved that referee Webb failed to show Yoan Gouffran a red card for a dangerous tackle.

The linesmen also came in for criticism, with Newcastle's Papiss Cisse having a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside when Sunderland were leading 1-0, with Alan Pardew complaining after the match that the moment was decisive in the game's outcome.

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