Michael Salisbury will take charge of Manchester City’s FA Cup third round clash against Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City begin the defence of their FA Cup crown this weekend, kicking off the new year with a third round tie against Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s side were unbeaten at home throughout the entirety of 2023, and lifted the FA Cup as part of an historic treble, recording a sensational 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium over Manchester United in the Final, courtesy of an Ilkay Gundogan brace.
Championship side Huddersfield visit the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, with the Terriers 21st in the second division and having suffered a 4-1 loss to high-flying Leicester City on New Year’s Day.
Guardiola is unbeaten in all six previous meetings between Manchester City and Huddersfield, although the visitors did force a fifth round replay in 2017, when the two sides last met in the competition.
Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Danilo were all on the scoresheet the last time Manchester City faced Huddersfield in the Premier League however, with the trio having all departed the club since the 3-0 victory in January 2019.
Ahead of the FA Cup third round tie, the Football Association have announced the Match Officials for Sunday’s fixture.
Michael Salisbury has been named as the referee for Manchester City’s clash with Huddersfield Town in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The referee has officiated 12 matches so far this season across all competitions, showing 39 yellow cards and no red cards.
Salisbury has never previously refereed Manchester City, but has acted as the Video Assistant Referee for six matches involving the Blues.
Salisbury will be accompanied at the Etihad Stadium by Assistant Referees Richard West and Derek Eaton.
Video Assistant Referees
Overviewing proceedings will be Video Assistant Referee Peter Bankes, Support Video Assistant Referee (SVAR) Anthony Taylor, and Assistant Video Assistant Referee Matthew Wilkes.
“Support VARs will be in place for the FA Cup third round proper ties where the technology is in operation. A role utilised for a number of UEFA, FIFA and other international fixtures, the Support VAR’s duties will include assisting the VAR and AVAR with evaluating incidents and assisting with the communication between the officials,” announced the FA.
Leigh Doughty has been named as the Fourth Official.
The referee will be overseeing conduct within the two dugouts, and the behaviour of managers Pep Guardiola and Darren Moore.
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