Howard’s Way

19 June 2014 | by D.J. Taylor


The most obdurate non-football fan would probably have taken an interest in Peter White’s encounter with an off-duty Howard Webb, referee of the last World Cup final and currently engaged in supervising this year’s tournament in Brazil. A South Yorkshire miner’s son and part-time policeman, Webb has a charisma – not to mention a “don’t try anything funny with me son” demeanour – that is not always associated with the man in black, and Howard’s Way (11 June) found him busily at large not in a Premiership stadium but on a Rotherham playing field officiating at a mock-World Cup between various schoolboy sides.It turned out to be part of an initiative sponsored by South Yorkshire Police, designed to nip antisocial behaviour in the bud, off

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