Manchester City fans have been reacting to the news that Michael Oliver will be the referee in Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s meeting with United is the first of several challenging upcoming fixtures, with the Blues also facing Liverpool at Anfield in October.
Ahead of the clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, the Premier League have announced the match officials for the showdown between Manchester City and Manchester United.
Michael Oliver, who will take charge of his seventh Manchester Derby this weekend – the most of any referee, will be in charge of the game at the Etihad while Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett will be his assistants.
David Coote will be the fourth official for the game while Paul Tierney will be on VAR duty, assisted by Adrian Holmes.
The news was shared on Twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters.
“Well there goes the game.”
“We are losing this game .”
“He’s a scouser might turn out good for us.”
“He didn’t give us a clear penalty against them last season.”
“It is cool. Even when ref is againts us we got Haaland. As long as the ref does not give Haaland a red card we winning the game.”
“Why do our fans cry over literally every single ref appointment, I mean who do you even want?”
“It’s so cringe how people complain at which ref it is every single game. They don’t even look at the name before complaining. They’re all terrible, no point complaining. It is what it is.”
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