ANDRE Marriner has been confirmed as the referee for Manchester City’s trip to Tottenham in the Premier League’s standout fixture this weekend.
The 45-year-old, from the west Midlands, will take charge at White Hart Lane as Pep Guardiola’s leaders face another stern test against second-placed Spurs on Sunday afternoon (KO 14:15 BST, live on Sky Sports).
He will be ably assisted in north London by Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) and Andy Garratt (west Midlands), while Jon Moss (west Yorkshire) is the fourth official.
In October 2014, Moss unusually awarded four spotkicks – three for City – and sent off Spurs defender Federico Fazio when referee himself for City’s eventful 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Marriner will also be remembered by City fans, who accused him of lying after missing Sergio Aguero’s elbow on Winston Reid recently.
It was despite him appearing to have a clear view of the incident, and led to the Argentine being banned for three games for violent conduct.
The Fifa official only handed out four yellow cards in their 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Etihad last month – the only time he has encountered Guardiola’s team so far this term.
But their two defeats against Spurs last term will still leave a bitter taste, both of which were refereed by Euro 2016 Final official Mark Clattenburg.
Three goals in Spurs’ 4-1 home win could have been ruled out for offside, before Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty for an apparent Raheem Sterling handball in their 2-1 victory at the Etihad – much to the anger of then City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Meanwhile, Marriner is no stranger to a Spurs v City game – it will be the fourth time he takes charge of a meeting between the sides at the Lane.
He was in the middle for a goalless draw on the opening weekend in 2010-11, before sending off Tottenham’s Danny Rose and awarding City a penalty which Yaya Toure converted in their 5-1 victory in January 2014.
Marriner then took charge of City’s 1-0 win in May 2015, which passed without major incident.
It will be the Sheldon-based whistler’s eighth game of the season in all competitions – and fifth in the Premier League.
Overall, Marriner has brandished 32 yellow cards, sent off four players and pointed to the penalty spot four times so far.
The Birmingham-born official gave seven yellow cards, awarded the Swans a spotkick and allowed Leroy Fer’s goal to stand despite him appearing to foul Gary Cahill twice in the build-up.
The angry Blues defender insisted the infringements could be seen ‘from the moon’ and revealed he had been to the dressing room to speak to Marriner after the game.
He also awarded two penalties to Liverpool, the first of which led to the dismissal of Ahmed Elmohamady for handball, in their 5-1 win over Hull City at Anfield last weekend.
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 a year later.
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 City and Wigan Athletic.
Marriner became only the third referee to issue a red card in the showpiece having dismissed City full-back Pablo Zabaleta for a second bookable offence before Ben Watson scored in Wigan’s shock 1-0 win.
In 2014, 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.
City will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent league start in their seventh game, but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs can move to within a point of the visitors with a fifth successive win in all competitions.
You can view the rest of the weekend’s match official appointments here.