Referee for key Portsmouth clash has history when it comes to clashes with Sunderland

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Peter Bankes is the man in charge of Pompey’s critical play-off clash with Sunderland.

Intriguingly, Bankes is the man who took charge of the clash between the sides at Fratton Park in December.

Referee Peter Bankes. Picture Stephen White/CameraSport

Referee Peter Bankes. Picture Stephen White/CameraSport

The official sent off Black Cats defender Glenn Loovens as Kenny Jackett’s side ran out 3-1 winners.

Bankes came in for some criticism after the game from Sunderland boss Jack Ross, who questioned the decision to send off Loovens.

The Merseyside official has operated almost exclusively in the Championship this season, reffing 39 games. He’s booked 161 people in that time and dismissed four players.

Bankes has been a Football League referee since 2014. He will be assisted by Timothy Wood and Graham Kane, with John Brooks the fourth official.