FA Cup: Phil Dowd selected to referee the final

Phil Dowd has been selected to referee the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley next month.

The 49-year-old officiated at the 2010 League Cup final, the 2011 FA Community Shield and was the fourth official at the 2006 FA Cup final.

"I was honoured and privileged when I found out," said Dowd.

"You obviously hope as a referee that you might one day be considered for the FA Cup final, so it will certainly be the highlight of my career so far."

Dowd will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Andrew Garratt, along with fourth official Michael Jones and reserve assistant referee Simon Long.

The final will take place at 1715 BST on Saturday 5 May.