Howard Webb : What a Disgrace

It was a decision that no doubt changed the outcome of the game. Howard Webb’s decision to award Manchester United a penalty this afternoon was simply disgraceful.

Anyone, even the most ardent of United fans, who saw the game would have to admit that Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes should never have been penalised for his supposed “foul” on Michael Carrick.

As we all know, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the penalty. Having scored the penalty, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were simply unstoppable. The current Premier League Champions went on to win the game 5-2, however the decision to award the penalty has got everyone talking.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had this say about the matter: “It was a terrible decision. He’s (Gomes) clearly got the ball. He (Webb) is supposed to be the best referee in the country. On that performance today, I’d hate to see the worst.”

Even Ferguson admitted after the match that it was a poor decision.

Another incident that annoyed me was Webb’s decision not to book Ronaldo for his foul on Aaron Lennon. The Portuguese winger cynically fouled the Spurs man, however Webb decided not to book FIFA World Player of the Year. Just 20 minutes later Ronaldo was booked for taking his jersey off whilst celebrating United’s third goal.

That would have meant that United would have been down to ten men and who knows what meant have happened then.

The award of the penalty will no doubt have massive implications on the outcome of this Premier League season. Spurs’ chances of qualifying for the Europa League are now in serious doubt and United now look certainties to claim their 3rd title on the trot.

So what do you think? Comments below please.



  1. Anonymous said,

    As a spursfan I agree that webb was a disgrace today. I also agree Ronaldo should have been booked for the foul on Lennon and the young brazillian right back should have also been booked for constant foul play... however lets not get carried away... HAD ronaldo been booked do you seriously think he would have taken his shirt off and got a second yellow?

    Fact is we capitulated after the shocking pen decision.... Europe is still on by virtue that West Ham also lost today.. Come on you spurs!

    on 11:51 p.m.  

  2. It's a fair point, maybe Ronaldo wouldn't have taken his shirt off, but still he should have been booked in the first place.

    on 12:03 a.m.  

  3. jool said,

    These 'decisions' happens in football. Though I'm a United fan, kudos to Spurs for their 1st half performance which really torn United's defence apart.

    on 3:20 a.m.  

  4. Tyren said,

    It was a terrible decision which you have rightly said, changed the outcome of this years premier league. Now nearly every week a referee makes a poor decision and it is said if you are unsure about the decision then do not award the decision. This statement, if you agree with it, shows how farcical the game of football is when played within the confines of Old Trafford. Every decision = Manchester United's, there is no chance of any other premier league team winning the title until a referee with a pair, can go to Old Trafford and referee the game uninfluenced. Also, 'jool' Kudos to Liverpool and whoever else beat United at OT because it's bordering on th eimpossible nowadays.

    on 5:12 p.m.  

  5. Van said,

    Hardly a disgrace. Even in slow motion there is a small doubt that the ball going sidewards was directed there by Carrick trying to get around the keeper. I am a United supporter but in all honesty and with no bias, I feel the referee got it right but I also can see that he might have got it wrong. It's that close and hardly fuel to call the man's decision a disgrace. Unlike that muppet Craig Burley that went on and on like it was 100% obvious. It certainly wasn't.

    on 5:33 p.m.  

  6. Anonymous said,

    Webb is acomplete and utter moron. i can think of 5 games where UTD have been handed rediculous decisions from no where. These points they make from referees being biased has probably been the difference between em winning the league and finishing 3rd

    Howard Webb you are a complete and utter disgrace to the country and also a cheat, i wish you the worst in life you scum bag

    on 10:59 a.m.  

  7. Dareel said,

    And you Van are one of the reasons why i can't stand UTD. Bet you are one of these so called UTD fans that have never even been to Old Trafford.


    on 11:02 a.m.  

  8. Anonymous said,

    Hmmm, no5 I would suggest you ARE biased! The keeper clearly contacts the ball, which should have been obvious to the referee by the right-angle the ball was deflected to. No Man Utd player appealed, the referee didn't send the keeper off which clearly shows he saw straight away that he had made the wrong decision- why he awarded it in the first place is totally beyond me. One of the worst decisions I've seen along with the penalty decision again for Man Utd this season against Bolton, which also turned the game completely. I'm almost hoping Man Utd win the league by 5 points or more this season, otherwise the league and the result is farcical.

    on 12:15 p.m.  

  9. Would have to agree with the last few comments. Van, lets be honest, you are clearly being biased.

    There is absoloutley no way you can say it was a deserved penalty. Gomes clearly gets a massive touch on the ball, end of story.

    on 1:12 p.m.  

  10. RiazziG said,


    "these decisions happen in football"

    yeah mostly in favour of man utd.

    How man utd continue to get the majority of decisions year in year out is incredible - shocking.

    on 1:23 p.m.  

  11. Anonymous said,

    Van, you are a complete idiot if you can't see how ridiculous that penalty decision was. Face facts, Howard Webb has gifted United the title ruining what should have been an exciting finale to the season for every other football fan in the country. And Dareel, you are quite right. The reason United fans are hated so much is because of simpletons like Van refusing to admit the truth.

    on 4:11 p.m.  

  12. Anonymous said,

    Spurs sucked in the second half and weren't all that magnificent in the first half. Three good chances created, two were scored. Gomes was an idiot going for a ball he couldn't get. He proved that by poor goalkeeping that allowed two more goals past him. I would have liked to see some more cards for the Spurs players such as Palacious who lunged out at United players as they showcased their supreme abilities. Stop crying because you're team couldn't perform defensively, 2-0 up and you blame one goal. Just the penalty would have been 2-1 in favour of Spurs by the way. How did it end, oh yes... 5-2, sucks to be you.

    on 4:45 p.m.  

  13. Anonymous said,

    Number 12. YOU are an idiot. Gomes did get the ball. THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT YOU FOOL.... Definitely sucks to be as stupid as you!

    on 7:21 p.m.  

  14. Anonymous said,

    Doesn't matter if united win the league, they are a bunch of wankers.

    on 4:08 a.m.  

  15. Anonymous said,

    Webb has admitted he got it wrong for which he should be applauded I guess, but it doesn't change the fact that United always seem to get the decisions. Spurs' Jermaine Jenas has been asked to explain his comments about referees crumbling under pressure at Old Trafford and, no doubt, will get fined but, ultimately, he is right... Now then, let's have some of you United fans come out and admit you got lucky last Saturday or is that too much to ask?

    on 12:46 p.m.  

  16. Anonymous said,

    Now that Howard Webb has admitted he got it wrong, what are the chances of replaying the match? Absolutely none! Apologies are all well and good but the simple fact remains, shoddy refereeing has removed any realistic challengers MU would have had to the title. Might as well just give it to them every year based on the amount of decisions that go their way and watch the good folk of Guildford, Weybridge and Newbury celebrate.

    on 1:00 p.m.  

  17. Anonymous said,

    Van, you are a typical blinkered Rag. Even Fergie didn't think it was a penalty and he can swear blind that night is day. Craig Burley can't be criticised for pointing out the error, but in your little Manyoo world he is wrong to do so. You muppet.

    on 9:55 a.m.