Andre Marriner to referee vital Premier League Manchester derby on 30th April



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



FIFA official Marriner (pictured) is the man in the middle for the title defining derby in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium


Andre Marriner will take charge of the massive title-deciding Manchester derby between City and United in the Premier League on 30th April.   

The 41-year old Select Group match official from the West Midlands has previously been chosen to referee one other Manchester derby which came in United's 2-1 win in February of last year at Old Trafford remembered for the goal of the season from Wayne Rooney. He was also the man in the middle for United's 1-1 draw at Liverpool earlier in the season which was overshadowed by the unsavoury racism row between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra.

He has taken charge of Manchester United's 5-0 victory at Bolton in September, a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield a month later as well as a 2-1 victory at Norwich City in February all in the Premier League. However, he is yet to officiate a match involving Manchester City this season. The last time he was in the middle for a City game came during their 1-0 league victory at Blackburn Rovers almost a year ago- on 25th April 2011.

The FIFA official has overseen 25 matches in total this season in all competitions- handing out 83 yellow and 5 red cards. The game at the Etihad Stadium- kicking off at 8pm- will be his 20th Premier League match of the campaign having missed a month over the Christmas period through injury.

Marriner has had criticism in the past from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for his handling of the Red Devils' 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in October 2010 where the Scottish manager claimed that he had been "intimidated by the atmosphere" and felt that Jamie Carragher should have been dismissed for a foul on Michael Owen.

He will be assisted on the night by Mick McDonough and Adam Watts while Mike Jones will be the fourth official.

Chris Foy was the man in charge for the side's previous meeting this campaign at the Etihad Stadium- in United's 3-2 FA Cup third round victory in January.

City will move to the top of the table on goal difference if they win after their 2-0 success at Wolves followed up United's failure to hold onto a two goal lead in a dramatic and thrilling 4-4 draw with Everton.

The match, which is expected to attract an estimated worldwide audience of twelve million viewers, will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 while it will also be available to watch through their exclusive 3D package in selected pubs and homes on Monday 30th April 2012 with coverage starting at 7pm.

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