Blackpool v Leeds United: Meet the referee

Tony Bates.
Tony Bates.
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Experienced official Tony Bates is a well-known face on the Football League circuit and is renowned for largely keeping his cards in his pocket.

He has shown just one red card this term – on Saturday when he dismissed Leyton Orient’s Ryan Dickson in their clash at Sheffield United – and 91 yellows in 36 games.

Over the past three seasons, Bates – who took charge of United’s Boxing Day loss at Derby County – has dismissed just six players.

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