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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Meet The Ref – Blackburn Rovers

David Webb will be the man in the middle for the Swans league opener at Blackburn on Saturday afternoon as the Championship season starts again with the Swans under the stewardship of Russell Martin.

Martin took charge of the Swans twice last season – the 0-0 draw against Reading at the Liberty and the 2-1 win at Stoke in March where of course he awarded the Swans a hotly disputed last minute penalty.  The penalty of course bought stinging criticism from Michael O’Neill who said after the game “It wasn’t a penalty – it’s a ridiculous decision. I’ve seen in three times and there’s no contact; I think the player makes contact with himself, actually. There’s a clear foul on James Chester where Andre Ayew runs into him and throws himself to the ground, the ball drops and then the piece of play leading to the alleged penalty is given. It’s a really poor decision.

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“It was really disappointing as I think we did more than enough to take something from the game. We certainly didn’t deserve to lose. Games shouldn’t be decided by things like that and it’s cost us. I think it’s very harsh on us.”

After taking up the whistle aged 20, David Webb became an EFL Referee in 2008 following various spells in the Northern League and the National League.

David has taken charge of over 300 matches in professional football, and joined the Select Group 2 list last season.

Webb represented PGMOL at the Dallas Cup in 2009 and as part of the exchange programme to Australia in 2018, and also refereed the League Two Play-Off Final between Coventry City and Exeter City in 2018.

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Ironically, Webb was the recipient over criticism from Steve Cooper in 2019/20 as well after his failure to award a penalty for the Swans “Not only is it an absolutely stonewall penalty, but George gets a booking.

“With him being a midfield player he can quite easily pick up yellow cards and get a suspension down the line when he shouldn’t, so I’m disappointed to be fair.”

Webb will be assisted by Matthew McGrath and Geoffrey Liddle whilst Ross Joyce is the fourth official.

Championship 2020/2021 - Appearances as Referee yellow second yellow red
26/09/2020 Cardiff City - Reading FC 1:2 3 - -
17/10/2020 Rotherham United - Norwich City 1:2 2 - 1
20/10/2020 Huddersfield Town - Derby County 1:0 4 - -
27/10/2020 Barnsley FC - Queens Park Rangers 3:0 - - 1
30/10/2020 Coventry City - Reading FC 3:2 5 - -
03/11/2020 Blackburn Rovers - Middlesbrough FC 0:0 6 - -
06/11/2020 Cardiff City - Bristol City 0:1 2 - -
21/11/2020 Preston North End - Sheffield Wednesday 1:0 1 - 1
24/11/2020 Luton Town - Birmingham City 1:1 2 - -
02/12/2020 Nottingham Forest - Watford FC 0:0 5 - -
05/12/2020 Coventry City - Rotherham United 3:1 3 - -
09/12/2020 Brentford FC - Derby County 0:0 3 - -
15/12/2020 Bristol City - Millwall FC 0:2 1 1 -
19/12/2020 Stoke City - Blackburn Rovers 1:0 1 - -
26/12/2020 Barnsley FC - Huddersfield Town 2:1 1 - -
30/12/2020 Swansea City - Reading FC 0:0 1 - -
16/01/2021 AFC Bournemouth - Luton Town 0:1 3 - 1
30/01/2021 Brentford FC - Wycombe Wanderers 7:2 1 - -
12/02/2021 Blackburn Rovers - Preston North End 1:2 2 - -
20/02/2021 Reading FC - Middlesbrough FC 0:2 4 - -
27/02/2021 Birmingham City - Queens Park Rangers 2:1 5 - -
03/03/2021 Stoke City - Swansea City 1:2 1 - -
06/03/2021 Norwich City - Luton Town 3:0 - - -
16/03/2021 Derby County - Brentford FC 2:2 - - -
02/04/2021 Wycombe Wanderers - Blackburn Rovers 1:0 2 - -
05/04/2021 Sheffield Wednesday - Cardiff City 5:0 - - -
10/04/2021 AFC Bournemouth - Coventry City 4:1 1 - -
21/04/2021 Huddersfield Town - Barnsley FC 0:1 3 - -
04/05/2021 Luton Town - Rotherham United 0:0 1 - -
08/05/2021 AFC Bournemouth - Stoke City 0:2 3 - -

Content retrieved from: https://www.worldfootball.net/referee_summary/david-webb/3/1/eng-championship-2020-2021/.

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Phil Sumblerhttp://www.planetswans.co.uk
Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood JackArmy.net was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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