Report: 43-year-old selected to be referee for Chelsea vs Liverpool in the FA Cup final
Craig Pawson is set to be the referee for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Telegraph report that the 43-year-old will lead out the two teams at Wembley next month.
Craig gets Chelsea once more
Pawson has never officiated a FA Cup final, with Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor taking charge of the two previous showpiece events.
Thomas Tuchel’s men will surely be glad not to have Taylor in the middle this time around.
Taylor has become something of the pantomime villain within Chelsea circles, following numerous decisions he has given against them down the years.
He sent off Mateo Kovacic in the 2020 FA Cup final, adding salt to Frank Lampard’s wounds.
Reece James also received a red card from the Manchester-born referee earlier this season.
Pawson’s meetings with Chelsea in the past
Pawson on the other hand has a pretty good track record in regards to keeping the peace with the Blues.
He has also sent two Chelsea players off in the past, but the last was in December 2017.
Gary Cahill earned an early shower that afternoon, as did Cesar Azpilicueta against Crystal Palace in the 2014/15 campaign.
That was Pawson’s first game in charge of Chelsea and Tuchel’s team will be hoping for a repeat result when they face Liverpool again.
Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, a score line the Blues have failed to produce past Jurgen Klopp’s Reds yet this year.
The two German coaches have met three times since the start of the term, twice in the Premier League and in the Carabao Cup final.
Both of the league meetings ended in draws, whilst the cup clash was concluded by Liverpool winning on penalties.
Neutrals will be desperate to see a similar encounter in the middle of May.
Klopp could potentially seal half of a historic quadrable that afternoon, giving Chelsea even more reason to upset the party.