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Taylor appointed FA Cup final referee for Arsenal vs Chelsea showdown at Wembley

Date Posted,April 25, 2017

Anthony Taylor will take charge of this season’s FA Cup final.

The 38-year-old has been appointed for the showdown between Arsenal and Chelsea on May 27.

Taylor had been fourth official for the 2013 final but will be the main man at Wembley next month.

He made the headlines earlier last month when he awarded Burnley a penalty against Swansea, despite striker Sam Vokes handling the ball.

The incident came just days after Taylor’s stag do in Marbella but he insists it had no bearing on his decision.

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson protests the decision (Photo: REUTERS)
Taylor sends off Sergio Aguero (Photo: REUTERS)

“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,” Taylor said.

“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.

“Most people who love football dream somehow of being involved in an FA Cup Final, usually as a player, but every single referee has dreamed of playing in an FA Cup Final so to referee the game is the next best thing.”

Everton's Tom Davies is shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor
Everton’s Tom Davies is shown a yellow card by Anthony Taylor (Photo: REUTERS)

He has already taken charge of the Community Shield and League Cup final.

He will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Marc Perry with Bobby Madley confirmed as fourth official.

The FA announced earlier this week that both sides will receive an allocation of 28,000 for the final.

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