ANDRE Marriner will take charge of Tottenham’s Premier League encounter with champions Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The 44-year-old from the West Midlands will be in the middle for a key European battle as Spurs look to catch Liverpool in fifth place while City seek to cement second spot in the table.
He will be assisted in north London by linesmen Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire) and Marc Perry (West Midlands) – both of whom were at Wembley last month for the FA Trophy Final – while Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire) is the fourth official.
Marriner was largely out of favour with the PGMOL in the first half of the campaign and did not receive a top-flight appointment until October but has gone on to referee 18 Premier League games – including Everton’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at Goodison Park last weekend.
He has had a busy campaign with 31 games in all competitions including several games as an additional assistant referee for both Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson in the Champions League.
The Sheldon-based whistler has brandished 111 yellow cards so far, sent off two players (only one in the Premier League) and awarded three penalties.
Marriner has officiated four Championship and two League Two matches this term but has not dropped down into the Football League since February when overseeing Leeds’ surprise 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.
He has since handled seven top-flight games and the goalless FA Cup quarter-final draw between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield.
The Birmingham City supporter is no stranger to this particular fixture having overseen last season’s corresponding fixture in which he sent off Tottenham’s Danny Rose and awarded City a penalty which Yaya Toure converted in their 5-1 victory.
He was also in the middle on the opening weekend of the 2010/11 campaign for a largely incident-free goalless draw.
Marriner has already refereed both teams twice this term having encountered Spurs in the Capital One Cup against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.
He did, however, put in questionable performances in both City games this season after awarding Manuel Pellegrini’s team a controversial penalty in their 1-0 win over Everton back in December before failing to award them a spotkick in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley last month when Pablo Zabaleta went over Ben Mee in the box.
Marriner was appointed to the National List of referees in 2003 after three seasons as a Football League linesman and oversaw the first Conference Play-Off Final that year between Dagenham & Redbridge and Doncaster at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium.
He was then promoted to the Select Group two years later following a successful trial game in November 2004.
Marriner was the fourth official for the 2008 Community Shield and joined the Fifa list of international referees in 2009 at the age of 37 – although he will retire from this duty at the mandatory age of 45 next year.
In 2010, he received his first major refereeing appointments when overseeing the Championship Play-Off Final as Blackpool beat Cardiff City and the FA Community Shield involving Manchester United and Chelsea – both at Wembley.
His award to one of the biggest and most-watched Premier League matches of all-time – the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in April 2012 – was testiment to his form and he was then given the honour of taking charge of the 2013 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.
Marriner became only the third referee to issue a red card in the showpiece having dismissed City full-back Zabaleta for a second bookable offence before the Latics’ winner.
Last season, he infamously showed a red card to Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who handballed on the goalline, in Arsenal’s 6-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea but his case of mistaken identity went unpunished by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and he returned to duty a week later.
Marriner – who handled Hull’s win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-finals last season – was among the contenders to officiate the 2015 Capital One Cup Final last month but this was awarded instead to Anthony Taylor.
Earlier this month, Marriner reached the landmark of 200 Premier League games when overseeing Chelsea’s 1-0 win at QPR in the west London derby at Loftus Road.
Across the capital, sixth-placed Spurs are seven points adrift of the top four after one win in their last four games following a 2-2 draw on Mauricio Pochettino’s return to Southampton last Saturday.
Meanwhile, City – who sit 10 points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more – have recorded back-to-back home wins over Aston Villa and West Ham following a dismal run of two wins in eight matches in all competitions.
The 16:00 BST kick-off on May 3 is the second part of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday promotion.