Spanish press bemoan Howard Webb Champions League appointment

Howard Webb
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The Spanish press are disappointed that Howard Webb has been named as the referee for Real Madrid's match with Borussia Dortmund.

Much of Spain's sporting press has lamented UEFA's decision to appoint English referee Howard Webb in charge of Real Madrid's Champions League return leg with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Webb is largely remembered by the Spaniards for failing to send off Nigel de Jong during the 2010 World Cup between Spain and the Netherlands for his horror challenge on Xabi Alonso.

Former referee Ildefonso Urizar Azpitarte, the refereeing expert for AS, wrote on Monday that Webb taking control of the clash has dented Madrid's chances of a sensational comeback.

"I believe the appointment of the Englishman Howard Webb is unlucky for Madrid," Urizar said. "I do not believe it suits Madrid's style of play. If the game is not tough, with not much physical contact, there are no problems with Webb.

"But if it gets difficult and you must show valour, as we hope happens, he will be an official who stops everything, halts the game too much and gives too many long explanations, cooling down the game. And in the penalty areas, he lets all kinds of things go in order to keep both teams happy."

Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund for a place in the final on Tuesday night.

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