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Howard Webb has words for Chile's Alexis Sanchez during a June 28 match. (Andre Penner/Associated Press) ((Andre Penner/Associated Press))

Howard Webb of England will referee the World Cup final, FIFA announced on Thursday.

The 38-year-old former police officer was chosen to take charge when the Netherlands and Spain meet at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Sunday.

Webb has refereed three World Cup matches and has neither shown a red card nor awarded a penalty kick.

He handled Spain's 1-0 loss to Switzerland, then won praise for controlling a dramatic end to Slovakia's 3-2 win that eliminated defending champion Italy. He also refereed Brazil's 3-0 second-round victory against Chile.

Webb and assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey will complete a prestigious end-of-season double after officiating the Champions League final in May, when Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in Madrid.