- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Howard Webb of England will referee the World Cup final.

FIFA chose the 38-year-old former police officer to take charge when the Netherlands and Spain meet at Johannesburg’s Soccer City on Sunday.

Webb has refereed three World Cup matches and has neither shown a red card nor awarded a penalty kick.

He handled Spain’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland, then won praise for controlling a dramatic end to Slovakia’s 3-2 win that eliminated defending champion Italy. He also refereed Brazil’s 3-0 second-round victory against Chile.

Webb and assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey will complete a prestigious end-of-season double after officiating the Champions League final in May, when Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in Madrid.

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