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Super Bowl XLVIII referee revealed

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The NFL have named Terry McAulay as the head referee for Super Bowl XLVIII, according to reports.

The Louisiana-born official will lead a team of seven for the biggest fixture of the NFL calendar at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2.

The NFL have appointed a man with previous experience officiating on Super Bowls.

McAulay officiated on Super Bowl XXXIX (between the Patriots and the Eagles) and Super Bowl XLIII (contested between the Steelers and the Cardinals).

The experienced referee will reportedly be joined by umpire Carl Paganelli, head linesman Jim Mello, line judge Tom Symonette, field judge Scott Steenson, side judge Dave Wyant and back judge Steve Freeman.

In order to qualify to take charge of a Super Bowl, officials must have at least five years' experience in the NFL and officiated in previous playoff games.

McAulay worked on the Saints v Seahawks clash earlier in the divisional round.

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