Anthony Taylor will referee the FA Cup final 2020 between Arsenal and Chelsea, with details of the game released on Wednesday.
Arsenal confirmed on their club website they’ll play Chelsea on Saturday, August 1st at 17:30 BST live on BBC One and BT Sport 1, with Anthony Taylor refereeing the cup final.
Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn will act as assistant referees, with fourth official Chris Kavanagh and reserve assistant Lee Betts. Stuart Attwell is on VAR, with assistant VAR Steve Child.
Last time Taylor took charge of an Arsenal match, I pointed out he’d given penalties in four of the last five league games against the Gunners. I added that it was “a bit foolish” to hope for anything different against Manchester City.
Taylor ended up giving both a penalty and a red card in that game, to make it five penalties in six. It’s hard to argue David Luiz gave him much choice, in fairness. But again, I’d go into the Chelsea game expecting us to concede at least one penalty goal.
That one positive is that Taylor did also referee that FA Cup final in 2017. He sent off Victor Moses for a second bookable offence that day and subsequently refereed the 2-0 win over Chelsea last January. So perhaps there’s a little hope there.
Overall, Taylor’s record of refereeing 35 Arsenal games and giving five red cards and nine penalties against the team isn’t great. Especially when compared with three red cards and four penalties for them.