Date: 4th October 2018 at 8:12am
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The Premier League has announced this Sunday’s mouth-watering top of the table clash match officials between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Premier League

Sunday 7 October 2018

Liverpool vs. Manchester City

Anfield

Kick-off – 4.30pm BST

Referee

Martin Atkinson

Assistants

Stephen Child and Lee Betts

Fourth official

Stuart Attwell

Martin Atkinson – the 47-year-old self-confessed Leeds United supporter is one of England’s most experienced officials. He was given Select Group Referee status in 2005 and is a FIFA listed ref.

Season 2018/19

The former teacher has taken charge of seven Premier League fixtures and in doing so brandished 25 yellows and no red cards.

Games involving MCFC

25 August 2018

Wolves 1-1 City

Bone of contention?

Who remembers when Martin failed to award City a penalty when Wolves Willy Boly handled the ball inside the penalty area?

To add insult to injury Vinny and Spanish Dave were cautioned.

Games involving City during the 2017/18 campaign

7 April 2018

City 2-3 Manchester United

Pep’s side was two goals up, and we know what happened. Could Atkinson be an MCFC jinx?

Four City players were cautioned. Danilo, Vinny, Fern, and Raheem.

3 February 2018

Burnley 1-1 City

Atkinson denied the Cityzens a clear goal just before full-time. The thing is, just as Sergio was about to put his laces through the ball Martin sneezed and missed the incident. His assistant flagged for offside.

Gunda saw yellow.

30 September 2017

Chelsea 0-1 City

Nico and Fern received cautions.

Did you notice, we won while Atkinson was the man-in-the-middle?

Can the Anfield jinx be broken?

In all competitions, we have not won at Anfield since 2003.

Martin Atkinson is not one of our luckiest referees.

Sunday is going to be tense.

 

One Reply to “Referee (Oh No, Not Him) Appointed For Liverpool vs. Manchester City”

  • I have to disagree with you over the choice of referee. We may have come a cropper on a couple of recent occasions but Atkinson is welll known around City for being absolutely appalling and yet we contrive to win the game despite him. Think Everton when the ball was clearly over the dead ball line for a goal kick when it was crossed and we scored. Overall our record when he is in charge is impressive. Since Mancini took over Atkinson has refereed us on 33 occasions and we have lost just 8, drawn 6 and won 19! I’d say that’s quite lucky. And let us not forget that he was the referee for our only FA Cup Final win in decades and our League Cup Final victory over Sunderland so he’s not all bad although he was in charge and had a shocker for a match at Liverpool that we lost 3-0 a few years ago. At least Mad Bob isn’t around to screw things up. I hope we are not pointing fingers at the ref after the game because our record at Anfield is truly appalling. Apart from 2003, we have only won there once during my lifetime when Trevor Francis and Asa Hartford applied the coup de grace in a 3-1 Boxing Day win that put us top and Liverpool into the bottom three and I was there to see it. That’s two wins in 57 years! In that particular season, City collapsed and finished mid table. Liverpool didn’t lose another game, trounced us at Maine Road at Easter (there for that too) and won the league.

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