No rest for Webb: Arsenal v Liverpool cup official in Premier League action at the weekend

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He has been kept away from perhaps the biggest clash of the weekend with Lee Probert refereeing Chelsea v Everton.

Howard Webb will be in charge of a Premier League game this weekend despite his display at the Emirates Stadium in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup yesterday.

Webb appeared to have got some big decisions wrong, including failing to award Liverpool a second penalty for a challenge on Luis Suarez, and deciding not to give Steven Gerrard his marching orders for a reckless challenge when the Liverpool captain was already on a yellow card.

Former referee Mark Halsey told TalkSport this morning he thought Webb needed a rest, saying the Yorkshireman had been doing other activities outside of football including after dinner speaking.

He said: ‘He has not had the best of seasons. He has not been the Howard Webb we all know.

‘Perhaps he may need a little rest because he is perhaps doing too much.

‘He has to take a good look at himself in the mirror and ask himself what he wants. This is his full-time job and he has to concentrate on this.’

That rest doesn’t seem to be forthcoming as Webb has been appointed the referee for Saturday’s Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Hull City.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal fans are probably happy that he won’t be near their games this weekend after the weekend’s performance. Arsenal have Andre Marriner for their clash with Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium whilst Mike Jones – who famously refereed the beach ball incident - will referee Liverpool’s game with Swansea City.

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