The FA Cup closing referee for Chelsea towards Liverpool on Saturday shall be Craig Pawson, Telegraph Sport can reveal.
The Football Association has confirmed the 43-year-old shall be assisted by Dan Cook and Edward Smart, whereas the fourth official shall be David Coote. Video assistant referee shall be Paul Tierney and assistant Var shall 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 top of anybody’s career 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 among 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 closing. The FA Cup closing is considered the top of an English referee’s career though others comparable to Howard Webb and Mark Clattenburg have prior to now 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 and then a diminished capability final year. It was felt that it could be unfair on a referee to have his one closing with out a 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 shall be held on the Kennington Oval this year.
When is the FA Cup closing?
The FA Cup closing will happen on Saturday, May 14 2022.
Where is the FA Cup closing?
The closing will happen at Wembley Stadium.
What time does the FA Cup closing kick-off?
This year’s kick-off time is 4.45pm BST.
What TV channel is the FA Cup closing on?
This year the BBC and ITV have shared the published rights for the FA Cup and the ultimate shall be proven on each channels.