Ref Howard Webb admits to helping Wolves beat Birmingham in the FA Cup

“I am disappointed to have an influence on a goal like that. It is probably the lowest point of my professional refereeing career. I am disappointed and it is not what you want to be a part of at all. It is difficult because the ball comes at you with pace and you think you are in the best position, but then something like that happens and they break away and sod’s law says they go and score from it. You want the world to swallow you up at that moment. I have spoken to the management of Birmingham and they have been outstanding having accepted it and shown no animosity at all.” – Howard Webb.

Referee Howard Webb has held up his hands and said sorry for his part in Wolves’ win at Birmingham on Tuesday night in the FA Cup, after the ref accidentally assisted a Wolves counter-attack after blocking Radhi Jaidi’s pass on the halfway line.

As the Birmingham centre-half was trying to find a teammate, Howard Webb managed to block Jaidi’s pass, with the ball subsequently diverted straight into the path of Wolves striker Andy Keogh. Keogh gratefully collected the ball, fed Michael Kightly who squared for Sam Vokes to wrap the game up from close range.

See Howard Webb’s assist here. (Apologies for the quality of the video.)