Andre Marriner to officiate Bristol City vs Manchester City in the FA Cup
Manchester City travel to Ashton Gate Stadium to face Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. After a thumping 4-1 victory away at Bournemouth, City temporarily shift their focus away from the Premier League to domestic cup competition.
Andre Marriner will take on the officiating duties for the game as City look to win their second FA Cup title under Pep Guardiola. There will be no VAR in the game, as the technology has not yet filtered down completely to the Championship, which puts an extra burden on the four officials to call the decisions correct.
The Birmingham-born referee will take charge of his first City game this season. Marriner's previous game in charge for City was the 4-0 demolition of Norwich last season. City have not had a good record under the officiation of Marriner recently, losing two and winning three in the last five matches officiated by him.
This will be Marriner's 61st game as an official for a game featuring City, with the Blues triumphing on 37 occasions, losing 16 times and drawing seven times in the previous 60 games. Marriner has sent off a City player four times throughout his career.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Sam Lewis & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: James Linington