In light of the storm that has grown ever since Luis Suarez bundled in a goal against Mansfield that accidentally struck his arm in the process the FA were obviously keen to appoint a strong referee for Liverpool’s next fixture. In fact that is nonsense as a strong referee was always going to be needed when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
While in recent years the rivalry has unfortunately not always bared much consequence on highly significant competitions both teams still hold a fierce rivalry. Indeed there is certainly a case that the game between the two is far more important than that between home-town rivals Manchester City and Everton respectively.
So a strong and experienced referee has indeed been appointed; the man who officiated the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Howard Webb. Oh wait that’s right how could I forget… some fans do not take kindly to Webb being given United games to handle.
He has earned a reputation for being slightly favourable toward Sir Alex Ferguson’s men throughout his career and as you can imagine his appointment has caused a small stir on the social network site Twitter in which many people took to the interactive platform to vent their frustration of pleasure in the appointment either with gusto and vitriol or through mild-mannered good humour.
Here is some reaction to the news…
Twitter's going to be dead fun when Howard Webb allows Robin van Persie's handballed winner on Sunday.— Andrew Thomas (@Twisted_Blood) January 7, 2013
Have a few L'pool fans in the office. Best reaction to Howard Webb appointment, "Isn't he the only ref who's not banned from Old Trafford?"— SoccerBible (@SoccerBible) January 7, 2013
Alex Ferguson: "It was a tough decision, but it paid off. We will rotate Howard Webb and Mark Halsey through out the season."”— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) January 7, 2013
As if the odds have been slashed for Man U to beat Lpool at the weekend coz Howard Webb is the ref. LOL. #NuffSaid— Craig Timbrell (@Timbrell_AFC) January 7, 2013
Fergie does it again, Howard Webb is in charge on Sunday #playingagainst12men— Peter Wilson (@PLFC11) January 7, 2013
Ohhhh good lord, Howard Webb!! There goes our gameplan for Sunday! In fact we should save travel costs and just hand United the 3 points now— Mathew Phillips (@MattyLPhillips) January 7, 2013
I'm sure Liverpool fans weren't moaning at Howard Webb when he give Suarez that Penalty at Stoke?— Sean Fullerton (@Seanfullerton93) January 7, 2013
I don't get why Howard Webb gets so much stick! Quality ref...One of the best in the world seeing as he refereed the World Cup Final!— Dave (@Dave_Fawcett) January 7, 2013
Howard Webb this weekend for Manchester United against #LFC. SAF pulling out the big guns. As usual— Michael McDaid (@michael_mcd95) January 7, 2013
It's not just a Liverpool thing when the whole of football is going on about how Howard Webb bums Man U and will make them win on Sunday— Joe Richards (@joerichards95) January 7, 2013
He's Bald, he's Red, he sleeps in Fergie's bed, Howard Webb. Howard Webb.— Mario Balotelli (@MarioBaloltelli) January 7, 2013
Further reaction to the appointment of Howard Webb as referee on Sunday twitter.com/LiverpoolMemes…— Liverpool FC Memes (@LiverpoolMemes) January 7, 2013
Do you think Howard Webb is favourable to Manchester United?
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