English referee Howard Webb admits the World Cup final has left him ‘physically and emotionally drained’.
The Premier League ref handed out 14 yellow cards, two of which saw Netherlands defender Jonny Heitinga dismissed deep into extra-time, as he struggled to control the game.
The Dutch heavily criticised the Englishman following the final whistle, accusing him of missing a clear Netherlands corner in the build-up to the Spanish winner.
But Webb also came in for some flack for failing to clamp down on the Oranje’s overly-aggressive tackles, the worst of which saw Nigel De Jong only booked for fly-kicking his Spanish counterpart Xabi Alonso.
Webb revealed: “It was the most difficult two hours of my career. I am physically and emotionally drained but Fifa have been very supportive – not just about the final but our performances throughout the whole tournament.”