Controversial Michael Oliver Appointed As Referee For Man United Vs Chelsea FA Cup Final
English referee Michael Oliver will be the man in the centre when Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA cup final at Wembley, May 19.
The Wembley final will be Oliver’s first cup match since the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus, which ended in controversy.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off by Oliver for his strong protests after the awarding of the stoppage-time penalty, claimed the English official has as “bag of rubbish for a heart” in his furious post-match comments.
With the dust yet to settle from the Champions League clash, the FA confirmed on Tuesday that Oliver has been appointed as referee next month’s final, and that he will be assisted by linesmen Lee Betts and Ian Hussin and fourth official Lee Mason.
“I was very proud and humbled to receive the phone call. When you start out, taking charge of the (FA) Cup final is not something you even think about,” Oliver said on the FA’s website.
“As your career progresses it becomes a realistic target, but it’s not a call you ever expect to take, but it is a great one. This opportunity only comes around once in a referee’s career.”
Both United and Chelsea will be hoping for Wembley victory to salvage what has otherwise been a disappointing campaign.
It’ll be interesting to see how Oliver handles the pressure.