Martin Atkinson appointed as referee for Wolves vs Manchester City
With only three games to go in the Premier League, Manchester City have the advantage in the title race, but a trip to the Molineux Stadium could prove a tricky test for the Blues. The Premier League has appointed Martin Atkinson as the man in the middle for Wednesday's clash.
The 51-year-old has refereed City four times so far this season, with Pep Guardiola's side winning three and drawing one. They involved home victories against Arsenal and Burnley, with Atkinson sending off Granit Xhaka in the former. As for away from the Etihad – City won 4-0 at Newcastle, with the Toon denied a penalty at 2-0, and the dull 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
Atkinson officiated the last time City visited Molineux with fans in attendance. It was a dramatic 3-2 defeat with the referee right amongst it. He sent Ederson off just 12 minutes in after a foul on Diogo Jota. He awarded City a penalty 11 minutes later, which Raheem Sterling saw saved but re-awarded due to encroachment. Sterling would also have the second penalty saved, but he scored from the rebound. City fell victim to a Wolves comeback in the end, after they came from 2-0 behind to win 3-2 in the last minute.
Atkinson also officiated the 1-1 draw at Molineux the season prior.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Stuart Burt & Richard West
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Paul Tierney Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett
Written by: @TomCayless_
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