BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Friday December 31 2010 11:56 GMT

Queen gives award to top footie referee!

Howard Webb in action

Top footy referee Howard Webb has been given a special award by the Queen.

He's been made an MBE - a special title the Queen can give people to reward their good work.

It ends an amazing year for the man in the middle in which he has taken charge of both the Champions League and World Cups finals!

Webb is joined by golf hero Graeme McDowell in the New Years Honours list - which is the full group of people the Queen is giving titles.

Graeme McDowell holds the Ryder Cup
Graeme McDowell sank the winning putt in the Ryder Cup for Europe!

Northern Irishman McDowell has rocketed up the golf rankings in 2010 and even won the big US Open!

Add to that playing a big part in Europe's win in the Ryder Cup and you have to perfect year for the man they call G-Mac.

All those on the list will go to Buckingham Palace to collect the award from the Queen! Something Howard Webb is really looking forward to.

"It has been an unbelievable 12 months and this honour tops off an amazing 2010," he said.

"It will be a real treat to go to the Palace with my wife and family and it should be a marvellous occasion".