Graham Poll: Why wasn't Webb keeping a closer eye on Balotelli
If Howard Webb did look away, why did he look away He had already booked the explosive Mario Balotelli and the aggressive Scott Parker.
They are both strong tacklers who were coming together in a forceful manner for what was initially a clean, but strong challenge.
He's behind you: Webb had booked Balotelli earlier in the game
As a referee, you are taught to hold your gaze. Be sure. Look for ‘afters’. It is basic refereeing.
This is not a young official, this is our No 1 referee – the World Cup final referee who will go to Euro 2012 as England’s representative. And rightly so.
This was a big error and his admission he missed it will lead to a four-game ban for Balotelli and much soul-searching by Howard, who will be distressed by these events.