The FA Cup remaining 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 all ten Fifa-ranked referees within the choose group one checklist within the Premier League and as such essentially the most senior of the officers to not have refereed an FA Cup remaining. The FA Cup remaining is considered the head of an English referee’s profession though others reminiscent of 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 after which a diminished capability final 12 months. It was felt that it might be unfair on a referee to have his one remaining and not using 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 might be held on the Kennington Oval this 12 months.
When is the FA Cup remaining?
The FA Cup remaining will happen on Saturday, May 14 2022.
Where is the FA Cup remaining?
The remaining will happen at Wembley Stadium.
What time does the FA Cup remaining kick-off?
This 12 months’s kick-off time is 4.45pm BST.
What TV channel is the FA Cup remaining 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.