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Lee Mason Takes Charge Of City v Liverpool

Premier League referee Lee Mason will take charge of the Carling Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool. Darren Cann and Andy Halliday will run the lines while Michael Oliver is chosen as the fourth official.

Lee Mason

The 40-year-old Bolton born ref has been officiating in England's top league since 2006.

Controversy

Mason and his assistant referees came under criticism from Manchester United management in December 2010 for allowing a last-minute equaliser scored by Birmingham City to stand.

A Birmingham cross into United's penalty area appeared to hit Nikola Zigic's arm and Lee Bowyer slid the ball home despite appearing to be offside. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish defended the decision, saying Bowyer was not offside and that Mason would have been 'harsh if he had penalized Zigic for deliberate handball.

Season 2011/12

Mason has been in charge of 18 games. He's issued 51 yellow and two red cards. The reds were shown in one game when he sent off Roysten Drenthe (Everton) and Ross Turnbull (Chelsea) in one of this seasons earlier Carling Cup games. Chelsea went on to beat the Toffee's 2-1.

Let's hope, for everyone's sake Mason has a good game.




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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 10 2012

Time: 8:34PM

Your Comments

Another red card for us then?
StuMCFC
"Let's hope, for everyone's sake Mason has a good game." Amen.
Bluedub
That's the bloke who disallowed a perfecty legitimate Mario goal in the 0-0er at WBA. Marvellous.
Johnny Baguette
Oh but these things even themselves out JB, honest. :-(
fifthcolumnblue
Don't forget JB,elbow by Odemwingie on Ballotelli when Mason was only 10 yards away.
giolib921
Good grief. Thank God shrieking turf plummeter Suarez isn't playing tomorrow night.
Johnny Baguette
I'm sure Charlie Adam will more than cover for Suarez' absence guys.
fifthcolumnblue
Aguero to be sent off for diving :P
niteworlok
Should have been Glenda sent off.......
niteworlok
 

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