The Football Association has announced Alan Wiley will replace Wirral official Mike Dean as referee for the FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham.
Wiley took charge of February's Carling Cup final
In a statement, the FA said it had "complete faith in Dean's refereeing ability, integrity and impartiality.
"However, given the huge interest in all aspects of the FA Cup final, the fact that he is from the Wirral might lead to comment and debate."
Staffordshire official Wiley, 45, took charge of February's Carling Cup final.