Date: 18th April 2018 at 6:24am
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The Premier League has appointed Craig Pawson to take charge of this weekend’s game at the Etihad between Manchester City and Swansea City.

Sunday 22 April 2018

Premier League

Manchester City vs Swansea City

Etihad Stadium

Kick off 4:30pm BST

Live on TV within the UK on Sky Sports

Assistants

Stuart Burt and Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth official

Paul Tierney

Craig Pawson

The 39-year-old self-confessed Sheffield United fan has, so far this season taken charge of 30 domestic, Europa League and one World Cup qualifying games and in doing so brandished 104 yellow and four red cards.

In 2015 Pawson was promoted to the FIFA International Referees List meaning he can take charge of international fixtures, as well as Champions and Europa League ties. Sadly, the South Yorkshire born man-in-black, or whatever colour they wear these days and not been picked to officiate any games during this summer’s World Cup. Having said that, neither has any other English born ref.

Games involving Manchester City (2017/18)

Sunday 25 February 2018

EFL Cup Final

Arsenal 0-3 City

On this occasion both Vinny and Fern went into the ref’s naughty book.

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Saturday 16 December 2017

Premier League

City 4-1 Tottenham

Two City players saw yellow, Otamendi and Fabian Delph.

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Sunday 26 November 2017

Premier League

Huddersfield 1-2 City

Three City bookings this time. Leroy Sane, David Silva and Fernandinho.

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Saturday 14 October 2017

Premier League

City 7-2 Stoke

Hurrah – no player from either side received a caution.

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As you can see from the above, City has scored a total of 16 goals and four against while Mr Pawson was in charge, while at the same time City players have received seven yellows.

If fate has anything to do with it I would suggest the statistics look favourable on Sunday.