Clattenburg named referee for FA Cup final

Date published: Thursday 28th April 2016 12:05

Clattenburg: Set for Euro 2016 final

Mark Clattenburg has been given the nod to referee the  FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley on May 21.

For the 41-year-old it will be the first FA Cup final Clattenburg has officiated in and he will be assisted by John Brooks, Andrew Halliday and fourth official Neil Swarbrick.

Clattenburg, a Premier League referee since 2004, told the FA’s website: “It came out of the blue. These days you get told of what games you’re doing by text, but when you see a call coming in from The FA referees’ department you know it’s important.

“I think every referee who hasn’t refereed the Cup Final works hard every season to hopefully referee one of the most prestigious and important cup finals in the world.

“You set yourself goals at the start of the season, and mine was to referee in The FA Cup Final. It’s an honour and a massive achievement.”

Clattenburg previously took charge of the 2012 League Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley. He also officiated the 2012 men’s Olympic Games final and 2013 FA Community Shield at the national stadium.

“It’s probably one of the positives is that I have been at Wembley on quite a few occasions,” he added.

“To referee at Wembley for the first time is quite an experience but once you’ve done it a few times you become a little bit more appreciative to try to enjoy the experience.

He added: “I remember watching Manchester United and Crystal Palace and the tradition of these two teams 26 years ago and that famous game – it’s amazing how these games relive.

“Hopefully it will be as good as it was all those years ago. ”

Clattenburg, who sent off Palace’s Dwight Gayle in the Premier League last October and who averages just over three yellow cards per game, will be one of two English referees to take charge of matches at Euro 2016 in France.

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