Punters who like to bet on the total booking points in matches will have noted how Howard Webb has vowed to “try to be a calming influence” after being chosen to referee the World Cup final between Spain and Holland.
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With a yellow card counting for 10 and a red 25, Webb is 13/10 with Blue Square to issue less than 40 points, 9/2 exactly that number and Evens for over that mark.
Webb, supported by his assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey, will become the first English referee of a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974.
Former police sergeant Webb, 38, told reporters in Pretoria: “We are delighted to have been selected for the game, it is a wonderful honour and a privilege. It is the ultimate honour for a referee.
“We are proud to be representing the English FA as well as FIFA and all the other officials here at the World Cup.
“We will be proud to be able to show the ability and quality of match officials in England when we take to the field.
“This is the World Cup, and it’s massively important for the world. We understand the importance of the game and we will need total focus and concentration.
“We will try to be a calming influence where we can and use all our experience of being involved in big games.”
Blue Square punters can also get 3/4 that Webb issues more booking points to Holland, 9/4 Spain and 3/1 a tie.