England's Webb to referee final

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, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

JOHANNESBURG -- English referee Howard Webb was selected Thursday to officiate Sunday's FIFA World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Webb, 38, has been the referee in three matches in South Africa, including the Spaniards' 1-0 loss to Switzerland. He also officiated the Slovakia-Italy game and Chile-Brazil match. Webb also officiated the Champions League final in May between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

The Netherlands advanced to its third World Cup final with a 3-2 victory over Uruguay on Tuesday. Spain advanced to its first World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Germany on Wednesday. The Netherlands and Spain play at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, both in search of their first title.

Mexican referee Benito Archundia will handle the third-place match between the Germans and Uruguayans on Saturday. Archundia has officiated two other matches in South Africa and seven World Cup matches in his career.


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