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REF WATCH - WEBB TAKES CHARGE

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08:30 26th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Top whistle-blower in charge at St Mary's ...

Experienced official Howard Webb will take charge of Saturday's Premier League fixture against Southampton at St Mary's.

This weekend will be the top-flight referee's third outing this campaign in charge of the R’s.

Webb recently took charge of Rangers' 1-1 away draw against West Ham United.

Previously, Webb took charge of the R's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in December - Harry's first home match at the helm.

Last season, Webb took charge of four QPR games, including our memorable comeback victory against Liverpool under the lights at Loftus Road. 

Webb originally took up officiating in the local leagues of his hometown Rotherham in 1989.

In 1993, Webb progressed to the Northern Counties East League as an assistant referee, making the step up to be a fully-fledged referee just a few years later.

Webb, a Sergeant with South Yorkshire Police, was appointed as a Football League assistant referee in 1996, before being promoted to the Football Conference as a referee shortly after.

In 2000, the 41 year-old was included amongst the National List of Football League referees, stepping up to the Select Group for the Premier League in 2003.

One of the most identifiable and most respected officials within the sport, Webb has been appointed to referee some of the world's highest profiled matches, including finals of the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.

Webb was praised for his quick thinking and decisive decision making during Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Bolton Wanderers in March 2012, which subsequently saved the life of midfielder Fabrice Muamba. 

M Mullarkey and M Wilkes will assist Webb on Saturday, while J Adcock will take up fourth official duties on the sidelines. 

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