Mark Clattenburg appointed ref to take charge of Man United v Palace FA Cup final

Clattenburg, from County Durham, will be aided by assistant referees John Brooks and Andrew Halliday.

Neil Swarbrick will be the fourth official and Michael Salisbury fills the role of reserve assistant referee.

Clattenburg said: “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.

“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.

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