HACKETT’S VERDICT: The FA Cup!

HACKETT’S VERDICT: The FA Cup!

    One of the most challenging games in a referee's career is to be appointed to an FA Cup semi-final.

    The likelihood is that one set of supporters at each game will go away from Wembley disappointed and venting their fury on the match officials.

    The referee must prepare well and ensure that each member of his team is in top form.

    In addition, there is the prospect of extra time and penalty kicks to determine the winner of these games.

    So you match officials, please ensure that you are fully aware of the law if either game goes to what is commonly called a penalty shoot-out.

    The You Are The Ref team offers its congratulations and best wishes to the appointed match officials;-

    CHELSEA V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

    5.15pm Saturday 22nd April
    Martin Atkinson
    Assistant Referees Stuart Burt and Ian Hussin

    Fourth Official Neil Swarbrick

    ARSENAL V MANCHESTER CITY

    3pm Sunday 23rd April

    Craig Pawson

    Assistant Referees Simon Bennett and Steve Child

    Fourth Official Stuart Attwell