13 Jul 2010

FIFA president unhappy with players behaviour in final

6:31 am on 13 July 2010

The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has conceded he was let down by the behaviour of the players in yesterday's World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain.

He says the final was not exactly what FIFA had expected, in terms of fair play.

Blatter declined to comment on the much-criticised performance of English referee Howard Webb but reiterated his view that controversy was one of the game's attractions.

Webb showed 13 yellow cards in a bruising encounter -- a record for the final -- and sent off Dutch defender John Heitinga in extra time.

Spain won the final 1-nil in extra time to claim their first ever World Cup trophy.