Anthony Taylor to referee FA Cup final

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Anthony Taylor has been appointed to referee this season’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on May 27th 2017. He will be joined by assistant referees Gary Beswick (Durham FA) and Marc Perry (Birmingham FA) with Bobby Madley (West Riding FA) the fourth official.

Having previously been fourth official at the 2013 FA Cup Final, the 38-year-old said to “The first feeling when I got was the call…I was delighted, excited and very, very honoured and humbled to be appointed to the game.”

“It’s been a long-standing dream of mine in the 20-odd years that I’ve been a referee to one day officiate The FA Cup Final, it’s the pinnacle of your domestic career.

“Refereeing a match at Wembley is a fantastic experience, any game that you do there, but the Cup Final is iconic and especially with it being a London derby as well, that adds an extra dimension to the occasion.”

Taylor has been officiating in the Premier League since 2010 and has been on the FIFA list since 2013. He has also taken charge of The FA Community Shield, League Cup Final, FA Trophy and FA Vase Finals.

Taylor, back in January, was pushed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who also labelled the Altrincham born referee “dishonest”. Wenger was given a four-match touchline ban and £25,000 fine following his conduct.