Norwich’s Darren Cann ‘pulled’ from Crystal Palace FA Cup tie

Top class referee's assistant Darren Cann.

Top class referee's assistant Darren Cann. - Credit: Archant

Norwich's World Cup assistant referee Darren Cann has been pulled from duty at Crystal Palace this weekend – because he used to be on the London club's books.

The 48-year-old was expected to be running the line for referee Mike Jones for Palace's fourth-round FA Cup tie against Manchester City, but the FA have now decided to take the game away from him.

Cann was dropped from Palace's 2008 Championship play-off semi-final against Bristol City after his Palace link was reported.

Cann began his footballing career playing in the youth team at Norwich and was signed by Steve Coppell in the 1980s for Palace. He was a regular in the youth team and reserves, but he did not make any first team appearances.

It has been as an official that Cann has made his mark, officiating at the 2010 World Cup final after running the line at that season's Champions League final.