In England one of the most popular referees, after having directed over 770 official matches in the national and international fields, including 525 in the Premier League alone and 54 in the Fa Cup. Despite over 30 years of career and 21 as referee in the English top flight, Mike Dean ended up in the middle of a social pillory which, after death threats directed at him and his family, led him to turn to police first, and then to ask the top of English football of not be called to referee a match in the next round of the championship.
For him an unpleasant story completely unprecedented, despite the 52-year-old referee originally from Heswall, between Liverpool and Chester, from 2000 to today in professionalism he has practically seen all sorts. The controversy, followed by threats, they went wild last Saturday in recovery of Fulham-West Ham, game ended 0-0, after one elbow by Hammers midfielder Tomas Soucek ad Aleksandar Mitrovic che Dean reviewed the Var confirming the red card to the player, who was subsequently disqualified for three rounds for volunteering, the penalty canceled after the appeal by West Ham.
According to Soucek, favorite of the fans and shortly before hit in a similar way by Ademola Lookman, and according to many commentators, there was no intention. The ultr of the Hammers, fomented by the protests of their team in the post-match, they came to inveigh against the referee, threatening him and his loved ones via social media with very heavy words. Despite his experience, Dean has called for a stop shift, suing the threats he received after the heated London derby and asking the police to open an investigation.
After about 48 hours the disqualification for Soucek was overturned by the sports court, following the appeal filed by West Ham, but despite the new controversy against referee Dean, state the same midfielder trying to calm people down. The player in fact sent a message of public support to the referee, firmly condemning all the insults and threats made against the referee. Everything that happens on the pitch, on the pitch must remain, he wrote on social media, reiterating that threats to a person and his family are completely senseless, even in the face of what can be a clear referee error. I do not share any such abuse, Soucek wrote again. Nothing about sport and our work has to have anything to do with love and personal life and I send my support to Mike Dean and his family. There is no room for violence, now I will focus solely on the rest of the season.
Many of Dean’s colleagues, by contrast, have pointed out that threats can be part of the professional life of a referee, considering the referee’s request to skip a Premier round as exaggerated. The 53-year-old’s long career was the protagonist of other singular and discussed episodes that are still remembered today by fans of English football. Dean made people talk about himself as a fan referee, because he is a huge supporter of Tranmere Rovers and Tottenham, directed on several occasions.
His facial expressions often betrayed him, arousing the hilarity of social networks, although as a true professional his race direction has always been impeccable. In September 2015, Arsenal fans, after a derby lost to Chelsea, decided to sign a petition so that Dean would no longer direct a match for their team..
The old Mike remembers for the controversy with Mourinho at the time of Chelsea (Congratulations for the fantastic performance, after the loss of the unbeaten home) and also for being hit by a dime during the Welsh derby between Cardiff and Swansea, a gesture that cost the 24-year-old manager the inability to enter a stadium for 3 consecutive seasons and a £ 200 fine. Finally, the record of red cards drawn, still unbeaten. The cent was, in April 2019, against Ashley Young, current Inter player who was still in Manchester United, in a game against Wolverhampton. At the moment I’m 69 in the Premier League alone, but the latter seems to be the most expensive of all at the moment.
February 9, 2021 (change February 9, 2021 | 15:35)
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