FA Cup final: Mark Clattenburg to referee Wembley showpiece between Crystal Palace and Manchester United

28 Apr

Mark Clattenburg will referee the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United.


The 41-year-old, who has been a top-flight official since 2004, will be assisted by John Brooks and Andrew Halliday for the Wembley showpiece on May 21.

Neil Swarbrick has been named as the fourth official, with Michael Salisbury will also be on hand as a reserve assistant referee.

It will be the first time Clattenburg has refereed an FA Cup final, although he is no stranger to big occasions at Wembley.

He has taken charge in the 2012 League Cup Final, the men’s Olympic Final in the same year, and the following year’s FA Community Shield at the national team’s stadium.

Clattenburg said: “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 has courted controversy in the past but is now regarded as one of English football’s finest referees.

He will be one of the match officials at Euro 2016 and took charge of the Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

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