Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2019

Man City fans won’t be happy as pundit reveals Man Utd linesman is Liverpool fan | Football | Sport

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City travel to Old Trafford knowing a win would put them back to the top of the Premier League but things may be harder than they were expecting after the controversial decision to appoint a Liverpool fan as the linesman for the game..

Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit two points behind the Reds though have this clash against Manchester United as their game in hand.

Andre Marriner will be the man with the whistle, and he will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Simon King.

Craig Pawson will be the fourth official but Keys has sensationally revealed that Ledger is a Liverpool fan.

He tweeted: “I can’t see why anything should go wrong.

“Officials always call a decision as they see it – but why is Scott Ledger – a Liverpool fan – running the line tonight?

“Who makes these decisions? Are we short of assistants? Imagine. Just imagine…”

The plot thickens with Ledger having previously given a contentious decision to Liverpool.

Back in 2016, Ledger awarded a stoppage-time penalty to the Reds when Christian Benteke was challenged by Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney.

Benteke scored the spot-kick to give Liverpool a 2-1 win and Delaney believed Ledger was eager to give the Reds the chance for victory.

He said: “It’s a big call that late in the game. It’s the 96th minute, you’ve got to be 100 per cent sure that’s a penalty.

“There’s no way that he could have been 100 per cent sure, he gave it so quickly as well.

“The lads were watching afterwards, he’s flagging before he’s even hit the ground.

“It looks like he couldn’t wait to give it, looked like he wanted to give it.

“I didn’t feel any contact, I was quite surprised, but it is what it is.

“The referee gave a goal kick and then it was only afterwards I saw people running towards the linesman.

“It is what it is, he’s given it, there’s not much we can do.”

Ledger was taken off Premier League duty after that decision though is now back and will be at Old Trafford tonight.

City boss Guardiola yesterday admitted that trips to Ole Trafford had lost their fear factor of old.

“The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it’s not scary to go there,” said Guardiola.

“Before it was maybe more difficult. But the players Manchester City have had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal. The only question is the Premier League, winning the title. In the three seasons since I’m here, we did better than them, but here it’s about winning the title, not beating United.”

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