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English FA Cup

Moss to ref cup final

FA Cup
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Former ref Mark Halsey slams Jon Moss appointment for FA Cup final

Jon Moss has come under pressure for his performances so far this season.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has hit out at the appointment of Jon Moss for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley on May 30.

Moss, 44, revealed his joy at being given the chance to referee the final, saying: "It's the realisation of a dream. For any referee it is the pinnacle of your career. This is the biggest game I will ever referee."

However, the official has come in for criticism in recent weeks over his performances and Halsey is unhappy...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jon Moss to referee FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa

Relive the best of Aston Villa's come-from-behind FA Cup victory over Liverpool with exclusive, behind-the-scenes player and crowd snapshots.

The Football Association have announced that Jon Moss has been chosen to referee next month's FA Cup final.

Darren England and Simon Bennett will run the line, while Craig Pawson will be the fourth official when Arsenal meet Aston Villa in the Wembley showpiece on May 30.

Moss, who was born in Sunderland but is a memeber of the West Riding FA, came through the Northern Counties East League and the Northern Premier League before being promoted to the Football League list in 2003.

He was a linesman...

Aston Villa and Reading charged by FA over crowd trouble

ESPN FC's Craig Burley becomes the "Fun Police" after the fan madness at Villa Park this past weekend.

Aston Villa and Reading have been charged in relation to crowd disturbances occurring after their FA Cup quarterfinal matches, the Football Association has announced.

It is alleged that Villa and Reading failed to prevent spectators encroaching on the pitch following the clubs' sixth-round victories against West Brom and Bradford respectively. Both clubs have until Thursday to respond to the charge. 

The Midlands club's 2-0 win at Villa Park had to be temporarily stopped as fans spilled onto...

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Ron Vlaar: Aston Villa's improvement may convince me to stay

Defender Ron Vlaar may be fit enough to rejoin Villa against West Brom. Whether that is the best idea is something manager Paul Lambert must decide.
The arrival of Tim Sherwood has changed things for Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

Aston Villa's improvement under Tim Sherwood may yet convince defender Ron Vlaar to stay beyond the summer.

Vlaar, a target for Manchester United in the January transfer window until a knee injury forced the Old Trafford club to amend its shopping list, is out of contract at the end of June.

The Dutchman, 30, is now unlikely to join United as sights are shifted on landing Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, which may leave Vlaar open to staying in the Midlands.

"Things have changed at the club so...

Chelsea open FA Youth Cup final with 3-1 win over Man City in first leg

Chelsea took a sizeable step toward retaining the FA Youth Cup by defeating Manchester City 3-1 in the first leg of the final on Monday.

England under-18 forward Tammy Abraham scored twice and Dominic Solanke once in Manchester for the holders, who are in their fourth consecutive final and have won two of the last three.

Abraham, a London-born winger who has been on Chelsea's books for a decade, has now scored eight goals in their Youth Cup run and 36 in all competitions this season, while Solanke...