Confirmed Match Officials: Manchester City vs Port Vale (FA Cup Third Round)

Lee Mason will take charge of on-the-field matters when Manchester City open their account in the FA Cup for 2019/20 campaign at the Etihad Stadium against Port Vale on Saturday 4th January.

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Manchester City will be looking to retain their FA Cup title after an emphatic run to glory last season, that saw the Blues score 26 goals in the process. City have only won the tournament twice since the turn of the century, memorably in 2010 through Yaya Toure’s heroics and last season.

Lee Mason (48) will be the man in the middle at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, supported by Nick Hopton and Adrian Waters as assistant referees. Touchline matters have been affiliated to Sebastian Stockbridge.

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Mason will be taking charge of his 27th match involving Manchester City, since his first appearance in a game involving the blues in January 2007. The Bolton-born match official’s most recent game involving the current holders was the 2-1 victory against Southampton at the start of November in the Premier League.

As for the Video Assistant Referees, they will be manned by Mike Dean (VAR) and Daniel Robathan (Assistant VAR). 

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Match referee Mason will take charge of his 30th FA Cup fixture when Manchester City take on Port Vale. So far, Mason has handed out 74 yellow cards in his previous 29 matches, awarding seven penalties and dismissing players on four occasions.

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