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Tim Marshall will referee the Irish Cup final but will the Cliftonville players be there?

Tim Marshall will referee the Irish Cup final but will the Cliftonville players be there?

Tim Marshall will referee the Irish Cup final but will the Cliftonville players be there?

Tim Marshall has been chosen to officiate at this year's Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Final, Sunday Life Sport can reveal.

The Fermanagh whistler has got the nod to take charge of the showpiece Final on Friday July 31, thereby fulfilling a lifelong ambition.

On his Irish FA profile page, the 31-year-old from Irvinestown said his ambition was "internationally, to referee in as many countries as possible and nationally, to referee the Irish Cup Final someday."

Still in refereeing circles, Richard Storey has applied to make a switch from the Irish FA to the FAI and will no longer officiate at Danske Bank Premiership games from next season.

"Richard has informed the IFA that he will not be available next season and wants to explore a career as a referee with the FAI," said a source.

Andrew Davey, meanwhile, has been given a date of July 29 for the IFA to deal with a complaint made by Crusaders following their Irish Cup defeat to Glentoran.

The case was delayed as the Bangor referee engaged a solicitor before lockdown, and his legal brief was on furlough.

Sunday Life Sport understands Davey made a request to the Northern Ireland Referees' Association for help with legal costs, but was refused for fear of setting a costly precedent.

Belfast Telegraph