Tottenham Hotspur’s Lewis Holtby reacts to Howard Webb retirement

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby has his say on the announcement that Howard Webb will no longer be a Premier League referee.

Tributes have been pouring in for Howard Webb following his decision to retire from professional refereeing, and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby has now joined in.

The Germany international made the following humorous post on his official Facebook page on Thursday morning.

 

Holtby, who joined Spurs from Schalke in January 2013 for a reported transfer fee of £1.5 million, was alluding to him playing against the famous English referee during Ledley King's testimonial game at White Hart Lane in May.

During the match, the former Alemannia Aachen star made a sliding tackle on the 43-year-old, who got up and retaliated. No malice was meant by either man, though – it was all part of a fun-filled atmosphere at White Hart Lane as the following video shows:

Webb started officiating 25 years ago and established himself as one of the best referees in the world, taking charge of the 2010 Champions League and the 2010 World Cup finals among other big games in his career.

Hugely respected by the footballing community, the Englishman will now take up the role of technical director of the official referees' association.

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