CAPITAL One Cup Final referee Anthony Taylor is among the Premier League officials selected to take charge of this weekend’s FA Cup Quarter-Finals.
Taylor – in the middle for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham last weekend at Wembley – will oversee the Midlands derby between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
Lee Mason has been appointed to League One Bradford’s home tie with Championship strugglers Reading on Saturday lunchtime while Andre Marriner will take control of Liverpool’s clash with second-tier Blackburn at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Monday night’s eagerly-anticipated showdown between heavyweights Manchester United and Arsenal will be officiated by Michael Oliver.
West Midlands official Marriner and Northumberland whistler Oliver were also selected for the FA Cup semi-finals last season at Wembley.
Oliver – who refereed Arsenal’s victory over Wigan on penalties – will be in charge of his second clash involving the two sides after United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Arsenal in December 2013.
He will be assisted at Old Trafford by fellow Fifa officials with Gary Beswick and Jake Collin running the line and Craig Pawson the fourth official.
Both teams have won the FA Cup 11 times and are fighting to finish in the Premier League’s top four this term with Arsenal the current holders after beating Hull City 3-2 in last season’s final.
Marriner will oversee his fourth Liverpool match of the campaign while it will be his third visit to Anfield, the most recent being the Reds’ 2-0 win over West Ham on January 31.
The Sheldon-based referee, who has only issued one red card in his 24 matches this term, will have Lee Betts and Mick McDonough as linesmen and Robert Madley as the fourth official on Sunday.
Taylor, on the other hand, has sent off four players since the turn of the year but enjoyed a quiet afternoon in his first major final last weekend with only five yellow cards brandished.
The Cheshire-based whistler has not encountered West Brom since September and oversaw Villa’s 5-0 thrashing at Arsenal last month.
Recently-retired Fifa linesman Darren Cann and Conference referee Darren England will join him at Villa Park and Neil Swarbrick has been assigned to electronic board duties.
It will be the second meeting of Tim Sherwood’s Villa and Tony Pulis’s Albion in the space of four days after their scheduled Premier League encounter on Tuesday night.
Lancashire’s Mason will take charge at Valley Parade as Bradford seek to follow on from knocking out top-flight sides Chelsea and Sunderland in the previous two rounds.
The Bolton whistler has officiated 22 games in all competitions so far in 2014-15, dishing out 75 yellows, five reds and awarding eight penalties.
The linesmen are Mike Mullarkey and Marc Perry while fellow Select Group referee Mike Jones will be the fourth official.
Referees Martin Atkinson, Roger East and Kevin Friend – who were expected to be involved in some capacity but for high-profile errors of late – have been overlooked.
The chosen ones Marriner, Mason, Taylor and Oliver will all still be in contention to be in charge of the May 30 final although currently leading the list of favourites is Mark Clattenburg.
All four last-eight matches will be televised by either BBC Sport or BT Sport, who will screen Bradford v Reading live to non-BT subscribers free both online and on Freeview TV.