Chris Foy takes charge of eagerly-awaited Manchester derby in FA Cup


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor



Foy (above) started refereeing in 1983 and became a Premier League official in 2001


Chris Foy will take charge of the hotly anticipated Manchester derby this weekend when the two lock horns in the coveted FA Cup 3rd round tie.

The Premier League match official from Merseyside has been selected to referee the meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United, who played each other in the semi-finals of this competition last season, on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City beat their rivals United 1-0 in the first of the FA Cup semi-finals last season back in April with a single goal from Yaya Toure and will be the ninth occasion the two should clash in this competition.

49-year old Select Group referee Foy has took charge of two previous Manchester derbies both in the Premier League- a dull 0-0 draw at the stadium then known as Eastlands and Manchester United's 2-0 win at Old Trafford over City in May 2009 which helped them to secure their 18th Premier League crown.

On the day, he will be assisted by Simon Beck and Stephen Child while Mike Jones is the fourth official.

It is the second time he will officiate both teams this season having taken charge of City's 3-1 home win over Newcastle on 19th November and was the man in the middle for United's 2-1 shock Carling Cup quarter-final loss against Championship outfit Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on 30th November.

The match itself will be broadcasted live on ITV1 and ITV1HD on Sunday kick-off at 1pm.


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