Clattenburg to referee Carling Cup Final 2012 next month


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Mark Clattenburg is this year's League Cup final referee- last season he dished out 7 red cards

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been chosen to officiate the Carling Cup final next month between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

The 36-year old is the third youngest match official to have been selected to take charge of the prestigious League Cup final showpiece in its illustrious 52 year history.

The Select Group match official from County Durham has only taken charge of one fixture involving Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool this season, which was his first Premier League match of the campaign in their 1-0 defeat at Stoke City back in September. Meanwhile, he hasn't refereed any of Cardiff City's matches so far. He has overseen 22 matches to date this term handing out 70 yellow cards and 5 red cards.

He will be assisted on the day by Simon Beck and Mick McDonough with Anthony Taylor taking on the role of fourth official. In addition, Darren Bond has been named as the reserve assistant referee.

Clattenburg, who has been a Premier League official since 2004 and a FIFA Elite referee since 2006, has never refereed at Wembley before. He was due to officiate in 2008's FA Community Shield between Manchester United and Chelsea however was taken off the appointment as he was suspended from his duties. Mark is also a qualified electrician.

Liverpool edged past Manchester City in the two-legged semi-final to reach Wembley for their first appearance at the National Stadium since 1996. On the other hand, Cardiff, who were FA Cup finalists in 2008, came out on top in a penalty shoot-out victory against fellow Championship side Crystal Palace.

The match itself will be available to watch on Sky Sports 1/HD1 and in 3D as well as through the BBC and their HD channel on Sunday 26th February, kicking off at 4pm.


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