Simon Hooper appointed as referee for Aston Villa vs Manchester City
After another impressive victory in midweek, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City travel to Birmingham as they face Steven Gerrard's out-of-form Aston Villa side in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. The league has appointed Simon Hooper as referee for the 5:30 pm (BST) clash.
Born in Swindon, Hooper last refereed the Blues when they travelled down to the South Coast to face Southampton in the Premier League in a 1-1 draw, despite City going into the game on a 12-game win streak.
He had only refereed the Blues just once before when City and Bernardo Silva, in particular, breezed past Watford in a 3-1 victory last December.
So far this season, the 40-year-old has officiated three games; when Newcastle hosted Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend, Wolves visited Spurs, and Crystal Palace held Brentford to a draw, dishing out ten yellow cards in the process.
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Adrian Holmes & Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Mike Dean
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts
Written by: @TomCayless_
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