Martin Atkinson has been chosen to officiate Sunday’s Wear and Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United.
The Yorkshire-based referee has been in the middle once for both Newcastle and Sunderland this season, running the rule over their Premier League ties against Tottenham and Liverpool respectively.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will have to be on his best behavior at the Stadium of Light, after being sent to the stands by Atkinson against Tottenham back in August.
Pardew had to watch the second half of his side’s 2-1 home win from the directors box, after pushing linesman Peter Kirkup.
41-year-old Atkinson has issued 38 yellows but not a single red across the 10 matches he has officiated so far this term, which include Champions League, Premier League and international fixtures.
Mike Mullarkey and Stuart Burt will assist Atkinson on Sunday, alongside fourth official Anthony Taylor.
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