The FA Cup ultimate referee for Chelsea towards Liverpool on Saturday might be Craig Pawson, Telegraph Sport can reveal.
The Football Association has confirmed the 43-year-old might be assisted by Dan Cook and Edward Smart, whereas the fourth official might be David Coote. Video assistant referee might be Paul Tierney and assistant Var might be Simon Bennett.
“I got the call yesterday morning, so I was elated as you can imagine,” defined Pawson. “It’s been a lifetime’s ambition to referee the FA Cup Final and it’s the head of anybody’s profession so I’m elated to obtain the honour.
“It’s going to be a great Final between two great teams and the fact that it’s the 150th anniversary of the first FA Cup Final as well is the cherry on the top. I’m just really looking forward to it now.”
Pawson is one in every of ten Fifa-ranked referees within the choose group one checklist within the Premier League and as such probably the most senior of the officers to not have refereed an FA Cup ultimate. The FA Cup ultimate is thought to be the head of an English referee’s profession though others equivalent to Howard Webb and Mark Clattenburg have previously gone on to do Champions League, European Championship and World Cup finals.
Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor, the nation’s two main referees have unusually had two FA Cup finals every. Both got a second within the two years the sport was performed throughout lockdowns, when there was no crowd in 2020 after which a decreased capability final 12 months. It was felt that it could be unfair on a referee to have his one ultimate with no full crowd.
The referees and assistants nonetheless attend a black tie gala “Eve of final rally” the night time earlier than the sport, an FA custom that has survived the professionalising of officers that might be held on the Kennington Oval this 12 months.
When is the FA Cup ultimate?
The FA Cup ultimate will happen on Saturday, May 14 2022.
Where is the FA Cup ultimate?
The ultimate will happen at Wembley Stadium.
What time does the FA Cup ultimate kick-off?
This 12 months’s kick-off time is 4.45pm BST.
What TV channel is the FA Cup ultimate on?
This 12 months the BBC and ITV have shared the published rights for the FA Cup and the ultimate might be proven on each channels.