Howard Webb retires: Twitter reacts as referee hangs up his whistle and cards
The 43-year-old man in the middle has decided to call it a day and the wacky world of social media paid tribute in their own hilarious fashion
Michael ReganMan in the middle: Webb has called time on a 25-year refereeing career
Howard Webb has hung up his cards and whistle for the last time.
The 43-year-old man in the middle has brought a distinguished 25-year career to an end in favour of a new role as Technical Director at the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch,” he said.
“I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine UEFA and FIFA tournaments, and taken charge of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals.”
Webb enjoyed a career in the spotlight and as such his decision to step away has been met with a flurry of Twitter reaction.