Title showdown

Marriner to referee Manchester derby

April 23, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Andre Marriner has been appointed to referee the crucial Premier League derby showdown between Manchester City and Manchester United next Monday.

Andre Marriner
GettyImagesAndre Marriner has yet to referee a game involving Manchester City this season

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City's official website confirmed the news that the 41-year-old official will take charge of a game that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.

Roberto Mancini's side currently trail United by three points going into the game but, with a superior goal difference, know a win would put them in control of their bid to win a first top-flight crown since 1968.

Marriner has officiated just 25 Premier League games this season, substantially less than the 44 refereed by the most active official, Howard Webb. During that time Marriner has dished out 83 yellow cards and five reds.

A deeper breakdown of those statistics, though, shows Marriner is yet to issue a single red card to a home side this season, administering all five to the away side.

Monday's encounter will be the first Manchester City game he has refereed during the 2011-12 campaign, but his fourth United encounter. The champions are yet to lose with Marriner in the middle.