Bates Back At The Ricoh Arena

20 April 2011 12:23
Referee Announced The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's Championship game against Scunthorpe on Friday is Anthony Bates from Staffordshire. Mr Bates works in the pottery industry and is one of the longest serving referees on the list having been  qualified since 1983. He made it to the National List Of Assistant Referee in 1993 and onto the FIFA Assistant Referee list in 1996 where he was on the line for Euro 1996 matches.  When the next season started he was promoted to the National List of Referees. Mr Bates has had 36 matches this season including City's 3-0 win over Barnsley. He has shown 94 yellow cards and four red and was the fourth official for City's FA Cup tie at Birmingham City. Before that he was in charge of the following City matches: The 1-0 victory at Birmingham City on November 3rd 2008 and previous matches include the 3-2 home League Cup defeat to Newcastle in August 2008, the 2-0 defeat at Burnley where he failed to spot a deliberate handball by Kyle Lafferty which lead to the opening goal in February 2008, the 2-1 win at QPR in November 2007, the 2-0 defeat at Reading in January 2006, the 5-2 win at Gillingham on May 1st 2004 and the 2-1 defeat at Ipswich in November 2002. His assistants are Carl Dunn from Staffordshire & Ian Rathbone from Northamptonshire.  The Fourth Official is Danny Gratton from Staffordshire. ___________________________________________________________________