Kevin Friend set to officiate the FA Cup final

Kevin Friend has been appointed the referee for next month’s FA Cup final, according to the Football Association has announced.

Friend, 47, will take charge of the FA’s showpiece event between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley on Saturday, May 18.

Manchester City are on the cusp of sealing a domestic treble as they are huge favourites to win the FA Cup and edging closer to another Premier League title having already bagged the League Cup.

“As a referee, the FA Cup final is the pinnacle of your career,” Friend said in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.

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“When you start out you never dream that you’re going to get the chance to take charge of a cup final, so to get the call this year is just fantastic.

“Every referee has goals and targets. There are certain games you want to be a part of and the FA Cup Final is definitely on that list.”

Constantine Hatzidakis and Matthew Wilkes have been named as Friend’s assistants, while Graham Scott and Edward Smart are fourth officials and reserve assistant referee respectively.

Andre Marriner will be the video assistant referee (VAR) for the match and he will be joined at Stockley Park by the assistant VAR Harry Lennard.

“No matter what game it is, no referee can do it all on their own – it’s all about the team,” Friend added. “This is a huge honour for us all and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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