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Michael Oliver to take charge at Goodison Park on Saturday

The weekend's Emirates FA Cup officials have been confirmed

3 February 2022

We return from our winter break to Emirates FA Cup action at Goodison Park on Saturday, looking to reach Round Five for the first time in three years. Standing in our way are Everton, set to be taken charge of by Frank Lampard for the first time. The match officials for the weekend's action have now been confirmed. 

Referee: Michael Oliver 

Assistants: Stuart Burt and Scott Ledger 

Fourth official: Andrew Madley 

VAR: Andre Marriner

Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard

One of the most high-profile officials in Europe, Michael Oliver will take charge of us for the third time this campaign at the weekend.

Son of Football League Referee, Clive Oliver, the Northumberland official took up the whistle at the age of 14. Eight years later he was officiating the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley, becoming the youngest man to referee a game at the National Stadium. 

He progressed through the ranks to take the League One Play-Off final in 2009 and became the youngest top-flight referee when he oversaw Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers in August 2010, aged 25. 

In 2016, Oliver was appointed to the UEFA list of Champions League referees, four years after his addition to the FIFA list. Last summer saw Oliver take charge of three games at Euro 2020, including the Quarter-Final between Spain and Switzerland.

His first two Brentford games were both in League Two. A 1-1 draw away at Rochdale in October 2007 was followed 12 months later by another 1-1 draw, this time at Grimsby. He took charge of our EFL Cup Third Round giantkilling of Everton in September 2010 before awarding us the last minute penalty against Doncaster Rovers which Marcello Trotta missed on the final day of the 2012/13 season. 

He's already taken two Brentford games in Round Four of the FA Cup in the form of our trip to Chelsea in 2016/17 and last season's 3-1 defeat at home to eventual winners Leicester City. This season, Oliver has been in charge of two home wins in the Premier League, against Arsenal on the opening day and Watford in December, a game which saw us awarded a stoppage-time penalty.

So far this season, Oliver has shown 83 yellow cards and five reds in 26 domestic, European, and International matches. 

Everton 21/22

194 fouls - 17th in Premier League

42 yellow cards - Seventh in Premier League

1 red card - Seventh in Premier League

Tickets are available until Thursday 3 February at 5pm from the Box Office at the Brentford Community Stadium. 

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