Michael OliverMichael Oliver will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Football Association announced on Tuesday that the 33-year-old  would take charge of the showpiece match at Wembley, which will kick-off at 5.15pm on Saturday, May 19.

The news follows the recent controversy surrounding the Durham referee after he awarded a penalty to Real Madrid and sent off Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon earlier this month in the Champions League quarter-finals.

You Are The Ref’s Mark Halsey staunchly backed the official back then and  believes that the appointment is well deserved: “They should always pick the best available referee and they’ve done that in picking Michael.

“Players know him, they respect him and they trust his decision making because he has empathy for the game. He’s everything you look for in a referee in that he doesn’t look to be the star of the show.”

Oliver currently leads the way at the top of Halsey’s Referee Rankings and has been the recipient of many plaudits over the past few seasons, none more so than two weeks ago after Real Madrid’s late goal put them through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Halsey added: “He showed his credentials in that game, as he has done all season, when he gave a penalty in the last minute. It takes courage and bravery to do that and despite the reaction we saw from the Italian media, there is little doubt to the capabilities of Michael.

“Everyone at You Are The Ref would like to congratulate Michael, Lee Betts, Ian Hussin, Lee Mason, Neil Swarbrick and Mick McDonough. We wish them all the best on May 19th.”


  1. Oliver is currently the best referee in England and fully deserves to be appointed to the FA Cup Final.


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