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FA Cup final: A lazy referee who is over reliant on VAR and not fulfilling his ability is put incharge of the fixture, says former official

FA Cup final: Following their impressive showdown in the League Cup final. Chelsea and Liverpool will once again lock horns at the Wembley Stadium this time in the FA Cup final.

These two clubs have locked horns thrice already this season, including two league fixtures. Interestingly despite playing about five hours of football, neither team was able to gain the upper hand. And only the 11th penalty shootout by the goalkeepers were able to separate the teams.

Craig Pawson is designated as the referee of this fixture. However, former FIFA and Premier League official Keith Hackett has questioned the decision to put Pawson in charge of the fixture.

“I compliment him on the fact that he’s been given the FA Cup final. But he’s got to start making the big calls himself, not relying on VAR,” Hackett said.

“He comes under the category of a lazy referee who is over reliant on VAR when he steps out to the middle.

“Ultimately at the end of the day, he’s been consistent throughout the season. He’ll go into the FA. Cup final with confidence.

“I just feel this is a referee who is not fulfilling his ability. Yes, he’s been awarded the FA. Cup final but is that on performance or default? Let’s be kind and say it’s on performance.

“He’s got to referee a bit better than he is at the moment.”