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Michael Oliver to referee FA Cup final between Chelsea, Manchester United

Michael Oliver to referee FA Cup final
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Michael Oliver will referee the FA Cup final for the first time next month when Chelsea take on Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

Michael Oliver has been announced as the referee for next month's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

The 33-year-old's highest-profile fixture to date was arguably the recent Champions League quarter-final clash between Real Madrid and Juventus.

Oliver came under fire for awarding Madrid a late penalty and dismissing Gianluigi Buffon, although both decisions were backed by his refereeing bosses.

Following a solid campaign at domestic level, the Northumberland whistler will now officiate English football's showpiece event, 15 months on from overseeing Man United's 3-2 win over Southampton in the EFL Cup final.

Lee Betts and Ian Hussin will run the line, while Lee Mason and Neil Swarbrick have been named as fourth official and video assistant referee respectively.


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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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