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The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has said that Howard Webb is a great match referee and he is the right kind of person to handle high intensity fixtures such as Manchester United Vs Liverpool games.
The games between Manchester United and Liverpool always have a lot of controversy. These two teams are arch rivals and they just don’t want to lose when they take on each other. So, the players put in extra effort and in the process, sometimes, they lose their composure and the environment gets a bit tensed. So, if the match referee is not experienced, he finds it difficult to handle such situations.
When these two teams had played against each other in September, the match referee Mark Halsey had shown Red card to the midfielder of Liverpool, Jonjo Shelvey, and then, he had awarded penalty to United which Robin Van Persie easily converted to give United the decisive lead of 2-1. The Liverpool officials were not happy with those decisions of the match referee.
When asked about the importance of a match referee in such kinds of high intensity matches, Rodgers said, “The match referee is extremely important especially in these kinds of matches. The situations, sometimes, become awkward in the matches between arch rivals. So, the match referee must be experienced to handle those kinds of situations.”
“I am very happy that Howard Webb has been appointed as the match referee for Sunday’s match. He is one of the best match referees in the world. He is highly experienced and he doesn’t hesitate in taking strong decisions on the field. I have hardly seen him making mistakes. I am sure he would handle Sunday’s game pretty well and would take fair decisions without getting carried away.”