Bankes was the man in the middle for Leeds loss to Birmingham earlier in the season.

Peter Bankes has been given the refereeing duties for Leeds United’s Championship clash against QPR on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road – but Whites fans are not happy with the appointment.

Bankes has reffed 13 Championship matches already this season and has developed a reputation among fans as being ‘card happy’, with 68 yellows being handed out – and two red cards.

That has put Leeds fans off, combined with the fact that he officiated the Whites’ first Championship defeat of the season back in September – a 2-1 loss to Garry Monk’s Birmingham City.

In that match, Bankes handed out six yellow cards, slightly more than his average of around 5.2. Samu Saiz and Adam Forshaw were given cautions during the defeat to the Blues.

What may be a saving grace for Leeds fans, though, is that Bankes has been more than happy to award a penalty. He has given out five penalties in his 13 games – whereas Leeds have not won a spot kick in 55 matches.

Leeds fans reacted to the news that Bankes would officiate Leeds’ match against Steve McClaren’s QPR on Saturday, which will be the third time he has reffed Leeds this season – after overseeing the 4-1 win over Derby County.

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