Michael Oliver Named As Referee For The FA Cup Final
There's been outrage over the extortionate ticket prices and the kick off time for the FA Cup - and the FA's decision to appoint Michael Oliver as the man in the middle also isn't going down well.
33-year old Oliver will referee a big game at Wembley Stadium for the third time in his career on May 19.
He had previously officiated the 2014 Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester City, as well as City's EFL Cup penalty shoot-out win over Liverpool in February 2016.
And now Gianluigi Buffon's best mate will take charge of the clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at the national stadium, though it's not proving to be a popular call.
United fans in particular are feeling aggrieved because Oliver sent off Ander Herrera in the same fixture at the quarter final stage last season:
Congratulations @ChelseaFC, FA cup 2018 winners ft. Michael Oliver https://t.co/qct9S3BqgQ
- Tanmay.G (@tanmaygupta21) April 24, 2018
Both Manchester united and Chelsea to lose by one goal at the FA Cup final. Michael Oliver will win this match. pic.twitter.com/baM5n6PAcS
- INCREDIBLY TERRIBLE (@allen_arnold) April 24, 2018
I'm not even going to bother with the FA Cup Final, Michael Oliver has a simple agenda against us, simply we get nothing at all!. Who picked him I wish I knew!.
- Jamie Kershaw (@jkersh76) April 24, 2018
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With Michael Oliver incharge of the #FACupFinal I won't be surprised if #Herrera gets red carded in the first half. He is a horror referee for #MUFC
- Peter Waweru (@petwaweru) April 24, 2018
Hearing reports that Michael Oliver has already awarded Chelsea a penalty in the Cup Final @EmiratesFACup
- Thamsanqa (@ThamsanqaTk) April 24, 2018
Michael Oliver to ref the final. Chelsea to win the final...Manchester United to receive a red card. I'm putting money on it. Who's in? pic.twitter.com/rq85kzvQHa
- Lebogang (@laschmaada) April 24, 2018
Michael Oliver has been named the referee for the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea. :red_circle::large_blue_circle:
Tough, tough game for us.
- UtdSG (@sg_utd) April 24, 2018
FA doesn't want united to win the cup, only reason I can find, for Michael Oliver being given the match
- Sagheer Osman (@sagheerosman) April 24, 2018
Hearing reports that Michael Oliver has already awarded Chelsea a penalty in the Cup Final
- United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) April 24, 2018
Thoughts on Oliver getting the final? Are United fans going over the top?
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