LONDON - World Cup final referee Howard Webb arrived home in England on Tuesday insisting he had done a tough job in difficult circumstances to the best of his ability.
The English official, pictured with a red card, has come in for criticism from some quarters, notably from some Dutch players, over his handling of Sunday's final - one of the dirtiest in the history of the World Cup.
He handed out a record 14 yellow cards and sent off Holland's Everton defender John Heitinga during Spain's fractious 1-0 win.
The Yorkshireman arrived home from South Africa with his assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey to a barrage of media interest in their performance at Soccer City.
In a statement released through the Premier League, Webb said: "Whatever the match, you always hope that the officials won't need to be heavily involved. However, we had to raise our profile in order to keep control.
"We don't feel that we had much choice except to manage the game in the way we did. We came away feeling satisfied that we'd done a tough job in difficult circumstances to the best of our abilities." - Sapa-AFP