The two sides meet again less than a week after the dramatic 2-2 draw at the Etihad in a bid to book themselves a space in the final against either Chelsea or Crystal Palace. Oliver will take charge of the match, with Darren England on VAR.
Ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final, the referee appointments for the crunch meeting at Wembley Stadium have been announced.
Michael Oliver has been named as referee for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final, the 37 year-old officials 39th match of the season.
Oliver has shown has 128 yellow cards and eight red cards in his 38 matches so far this season, taking charge of Manchester City on four previous occasions.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts
In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by Man City Xtra, many Man City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.
“We can’t catch a break.”
“We can’t catch a break with who they put on Ref and VAR 😭”
“Didn’t know they announced the MOTM this early on”
“Oh great. I can’t wait to play against 12 men again!!!!”
“He’s the best ref in England in my opinion and I haven’t noticed specific bias from him (yet). With Taylor on the pitch and Tierney on the VAR, we were doomed before the whistle was even blown for the first time .”
“its always him or taylor we’re so tired”
“Anyone asides Anthony Taylor would be an upgrade.”
“Finally, Anthony Taylor was too lenient on Liverpool on Sunday. I’m not a believer in conspiracies but I felt like it was more like making the title race more interesting and ensuring that the PL gets as much viewership till the end of the season.”