World Cup 2014: Howard Webb to referee Colombia v Ivory Coast

Referee Howard Webb
Howard Webb was in charge of the 2010 Champions League final

English referee Howard Webb will take charge of his first match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup when Colombia face Ivory Coast in Group C on Thursday.

Webb, 42, officiated the 2010 final, showing Netherlands' Nigel de Jong only a yellow card despite him kicking Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso in the chest.

The Rotherham-born official has been a referee at two Confederations Cups and the past two European Championships.

Webb will be assisted by countrymen Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann.

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