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Paul Tierney appointed as referee for Manchester City vs Manchester United in the FA Cup Final

With the Premier League already wrapped up, Pep Guardiola's side find themselves just two games away from winning the illustrious treble. First up, it's local rivals Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday; the FA has appointed Paul Tierney as referee for the first-ever Manchester derby FA Cup final.


Paul Tierney

One of the more senior referees within the FA's pool of officials, Tierney last took charge of the Blues in a 4-1 demolition of Bournemouth at the Vitality in February. As for cards, the 42-year-old has shown 125 yellow and three red cards in just 33 matches this season in all competitions.

City supporters may remember Tierney as the referee when the Blues brushed past Nottingham Forest 6-0 at the beginning of this season, beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in January, and the victory over Arsenal at the beginning of their 2022/23 FA Cup campaign. Overall, the Premier League champions have an immense record under Tierney, with 26 wins, one draw and two losses.

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Paul Tierney has never officiated a Manchester derby.

Full Appointments

Referee: Paul Tierney

Assistants: Neil Davies & Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Peter Bankes

VAR: David Coote

Assistant VAR: Simon Long


Written by: @TomCayless_

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