LONDON (AP) — The head of English Premier League refereeing came clean when he faced club executives over the imperfections of using video assistant referees.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Geiger looks at the calendar and feels aged out of his job. The first American to referee in the knockout stage of the World Cup is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer.
"At 48 when the next World Cup would happen, I didn't think I would be at the same point that I am right now," he said. "The body starts breaking down. And I wouldn't want to go out after a bad tournament."
NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Webb is replacing Peter Walton as general manager of the Professional Referee Organization, which manages on-field officials for leagues in the United States and Canada, including Major League Soccer.
Webb, who worked the World Cup and European Champions League finals in 2010, joined PRO last March and oversaw the implementation of Video Assistant Referees. Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2000-14 and a FIFA referee from 2005-14.
NEW YORK (AP) — With English referees absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1938, Mark Clattenburg predicts that void will be filled in 2022.
Today, Major League Soccer. Tomorrow, the world.
Despite purists who believe the beautiful game should never be sullied by video replay, it has arrived and isn't going anywhere. Major League Soccer will start using it for every match, even the postseason, starting Saturday.
The Video Assistant Referee, VAR for short, was showcased on an international level during this summer's Confederations Cup in Russia and the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, with mixed results.
NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Webb would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.
The English referee showed de Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain's Xabi Alonso.
LONDON (AP) — Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world soccer in 2016, suddenly quit the English Premier League on Thursday for a job in Saudi Arabia.
Clattenburg will replace Howard Webb as head of referees for the Saudis after the 2010 World Cup final referee was hired by Major League Soccer to lead the development of video technology for on-field officials.
NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Webb, the retired English referee who worked the 2010 World Cup and Champions League finals, will move to New York and manage Major League Soccer's development of video technology for on-field officials.
LONDON (AP) — In his changing room before the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, referee Howard Webb wasn't comfortable in his blue shirt.
So he took it off.
Put it back on.
Took it off.
Put it back on.
Did this six times.
Moments from the most important game of his life, Webb was struck down by another bout of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.