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Oliver to referee Cup final between Man United and Chelsea

Oliver to referee FA Cup final between Man United and Chelsea. Credit: PA

Michael Oliver is to referee FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley on 19th of May.

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

In the recent Champions League quarter-final second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus, Oliver awarded a disputed injury-time penalty before also sending off Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for his furious protests.

Following the fall-out from the tie, which the Spaniards won after Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick, both Oliver and his wife Lucy were targets of abuse by social media trolls.

Oliver will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Lee Mason appointed as the fourth official.


Mata continues to support VAR despite 'goal' being ruled out

Mata had a goal ruled out by VAR as it deemed him offside. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata continues to support the use of technology in football despite the Video Assistant Referee system controversially ruling out his 'goal' at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Match referee Kevin Young had awarded a goal until the VAR's lengthy intervention, with TV images of Mata's positioning amid wonky lines. The decision did not prove crucial, with the visitors going on to win 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and it has not put the Spain international off the system.

Writing in his blog, he said: "The truth is, once you have celebrated the goal you are surprised and disappointed (as you could see on my face), but this time, luckily, that goal was not needed to win.

"As I said in a few interviews after the game, even if this time it didn't play in our favour, I think in the future the VAR will be helpful for the referees, who always have a difficult job, and eventually it will bring more justice to football."

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