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Referee Webb awarded MBE

English referee Howard Webb has capped a superb 2010 by being awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

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Webb took charge of both the Champions League final between Inter and Bayern Munich and the World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands in a memorable calendar year for the official.

The World Cup final, which Spain won 1-0, saw Webb play a central role as he issued 14 yellow cards and a red card to Johnny Heitinga in a bad-tempered affair. It was a record tally for cards shown in a final.

"It has been an unbelievable 12 months and this honour tops off an amazing 2010 where everything just fell into place," Webb said. "It will be a real treat to go to [Buckingham] Palace with my wife and family and it should be a marvellous occasion.

"I always say refereeing is about your team, and without the support and ability of my assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey I would not have been selected for the final, so this honour is for them too and it would be lovely if they could be recognised in a similar way at some point in the future.

"I look back on the final as an amazing and memorable experience. It was the highlight of my career and although it was a tough game to referee it will live with me forever in a very positive way."

Former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has also been knighted.

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