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Published: 11:28 | 28/4/16

Clattenburg to referee FA Cup final

Mark Clattenburg will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Clattenburg has refereed in the Premier League since 2004 and was the man in the middle for the 2012 League Cup Final, the men’s Olympic Final in the same year, and the following year’s FA Community Shield.

He will be joined at Wembley by assistant referees John Brooks and Andrew Halliday, fourth official Neil Swarbrick and reserve assistant referee Michael Salisbury.

"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," Clattenburg said of his appointment.

"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."

He went on: "It's probably one of the positives is that I have been at Wembley on quite a few occasions.

"To referee at Wembley for the first time is quite an experience but once you’ve done it a few times you become a little bit more appreciative to try to enjoy the experience.

"I remember watching Manchester United and Crystal Palace and the tradition of these two teams 26 years ago and that famous game - it's amazing how these games relive. Hopefully it will be as good as it was all those years ago."

Clattenburg will also officiate at Euro 2016 but the 41-year-old is taking it one day at a time.

"It's a huge summer. Every game is difficult and that's the bottom line. I've got a huge Premier League game on Monday, then other appointments before the Cup Final," he said.

"It finishes my domestic season off and then hopefully I can start building towards the European Championships with some satisfaction before 10 June and the Euro."

Commenting on Clattenburg's appointment, David Elleray, chairman of the FA Referees’ Committee, said: “The FA Referees’ Committee has appointed a very strong team of officials to control what promises to be an exciting FA Cup Final.

"Mark Clattenburg is a highly experienced referee who refereed the 2012 Olympic final and the 2014 UEFA Super Cup final.

"The Referees’ Committee was unanimous in choosing all five officials and we are very confident that they will officiate the match in a manner which will enhance what is always a special occasion."

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