Mike Dean has been appointed as the Referee for the Carling Cup Final between Arsenal and Birmingham City on 27th February 2011.

The Wirral-born Referee was appointed to the Select Group list in 2000 and took charge of 2008 FA Cup Final between Cardiff City and Portsmouth, he has also twice refereed the Championship Play-Off final, taking charge in 2006 and 2009.

He will be assisted on the day by Ron Ganfield and Mike Mullarkey while Kevin Friend has been handed the role of Fourth Official.