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Solihull referee speaks about FA Cup Final job

FA Cup Final referee Andre Marriner, from Solihull, has revealed how he was moved to tears after being awarded the biggest match of his life.

FA Cup Final referee Andre Marriner, from Solihull, has revealed how he was moved to tears after being awarded the biggest match of his life.

The borough man in black walked out at Wembley last weekend to take charge of the end-of-season showpiece clash between Manchester City and Wigan.

Andre, aged 42, was picked to preside over the fixture following a successful Premier League season.

And it was certainly an eventful game - Wigan caused one of the biggest upsets in recent history, netting a winner only minutes before the end of normal time.

While Andre wielded only the third red card in FA Cup final history, dismissing City’s Pablo Zabaleta as the first half came to a close.

The referee revealed he was overwhelmed after receiving a phonecall from the FA stating he would be in charge of the final.

“I was totally amazed to get the call. I spent about 20 minutes with a tear in my eye and don’t mind admitting that,” he said.

“It was very emotional, unbelievable. When your career first starts, you dream of moments like this.”

But Andre said before kick off that despite “a few butterflies” he would approach the game the same as any other match.

The father-of-two previously worked at his dad’s record shop, at Land Rover and latterly as a postman, before hanging up the letters bag to focus on refereeing 13 years ago.

 

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