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Tonight’s game against Preston North End at Deepdale will be refereed by Select Group official Peter Bankes from Liverpool.

Bankes will oversee a Burnley game for just the sixth time with two of the previous five coming in the Premier League, two in the Championship and his most recent in last season’s League Cup defeat at the hands of Spurs.

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Those performances saw him go bottom of the RATE THE REF table and the only reason he’s not down there now is because it is just currently listing the Select Group 2 officials although he would sit above Leigh Doughty, the referee for our recent game against Millwall, and Tim Robinson who has had two nightmares refereeing Burnley.

Promoted to the Select Group in 2019, all his league games this season have been in the Premier League so tonight will be his first dip into the Football League. He’s refereed four Premier League games and one League Cup tie along with two European games, issuing no fewer than ten yellow cards in a game between Panathinaikos and Slavia Prague.

Domestically, he’s shown 29 yellow cards in five games, just short of six per game, although there have been no red cards. Sixteen of those cards have gone to home team players with thirteen to away team players. His last red card was that of Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United in February and his last red in the Championship came at Reading when he dismissed Middlesbrough’s Matt Crooks in their 1-0 defeat. Middlesbrough successfully appealed that card, and rightly so.

Bankes’ most recent game was the 1-1 draw between West Ham and Spurs at the London Stadium almost two weeks ago. That night, both Emerson and Lucas Paqueta of West Ham were shown yellow cards as were all of Tottenham’s Davison Sanchez, Ben Davies, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison.

The fourth official tonight is David Webb. His most recent Burnley game was the 1-0 home win against Brentford in August 2015.

Match Officials

Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Wade Smith
Fourth Official: David Webb

Previous Burnley Games – Peter Bankes

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Rotherhama2-140Y: C Long
2015/16Ipswichh0-020Y: Lowton, Barton
2019/20Crystal Palaceh0-220Y: Bardsley, McNeil
2019/20Sheffield Unitedh1-100
2021/22Tottenhamh0-120Y: Roberts
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