English referee Howard Webb says he is satisfied with his handling of the World Cup final, despite criticism from Netherlands players after their 1-0 defeat by Spain.
In a statement released by the Premier League on Tuesday, Webb said that he and his linesmen did a tough job as well as they could in what were demanding conditions, calling it “an extremely challenging match” and one of the hardest matches he will ever have to handle.
“We don’t feel that we had much choice except to manage the game in the way we did,” Webb said. “We came away feeling satisfied that we’d done a tough job in difficult circumstances to the best of our abilities.”
Webb booked 13 different players and sent off John Heitinga after showing the Netherlands defender a second yellow card in extra time.
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Hundreds of thousands of fans lined Amsterdam’s web of canals to cheer the runner-up Netherlands as the team cruised the waterways, swigging beer and blowing vuvuzelas, in an open-top boat on Tuesday.
Looking to have finally shaken off Sunday’s defeat, the players drank beer and waved at fans as orange streamers, fired from cannons along the canal, drifted over them.
“I expected some people to come, but this is unbelievable,” coach Bert van Marwijk said. “Can you imagine what it would have been like if we’d won?”
Scores of small boats, most of them pumping out loud music and packed with dancing revelers, followed the official flotilla.
In front of about 100,000 fans at the central Museum Square, winger Arjen Robben said: “Spain may have won the World Cup, but we have the best supporters in the world.”