Experienced official Tony Bates will take charge of this weekend’s game between MK Dons and Preston North End.
Bates, 51, began his tenure in the Football League as an assistant referee and has run the line for several key matches including the 1995 Charity Shield final between Blackburn Rovers and Everton, the 1996 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Liverpool and the Euro 96 group match between Germany and the Czech Republic.
During his time as a referee, though, Bates has overseen 12 games involving the Dons, most notably the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final in February 2008, where a Jemal Johnson strike saw a then-Paul Ince led side leave the Liberty Stadium with a one-nil advantage.
Bates’ last Dons appointment was in August 2010 when he took control of the 4-3 extra-time victory over Blackpool in Carling Cup. The Staffordshire-based referee has shown a total of 34 yellow cards in games involving the men from Milton Keynes, but has yet to brandish a red card. Dean Lewington, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Adam Chicksen and Luke Chadwick have all been booked by Bates.
This season, Bates has officiated in 18 fixtures, shown 49 yellow cards and sent off two players. Last time out, Bates umpired the Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace, booking five players.
The full list of officials is as follows:
Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)
Assistant referees: Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex)
Adam Crysell (Essex)Fourth official: