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Referee Mike Dean To Return To Premier League Action Despite Death Threats

Mike Dean will referee Burnley’s sport with West Brom on Saturday.© AFP

Premier League referee Mike Dean will take cost of Burnley’s sport with West Brom on Saturday after excusing himself from final weekend’s motion following loss of life threats made towards him. The 52-year-old and his household obtained the threats final week on social media after he was concerned in two controversial crimson card incidents. Both had been subsequently rescinded on enchantment. Dean requested to be stood down from final weekend’s spherical of Premier League fixtures, though he did go forward and referee the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Leicester and Brighton final Wednesday.


He obtained widespread assist not solely from Professional Game Match Officials Limited but additionally the Premier League.

Richard Masters, chief govt of the Premier League, mentioned the threats had been “inexcusable” and known as for “greater proactive intervention” from social media corporations.

Premier League managers too rallied spherical him with Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho saying “something has to be done” in regards to the on-line abuse of the referee.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder termed such acts as “cowardly, disgusting and inhumane” and known as Dean “an honourable referee and a decent guy”.

West Ham’s Tomas Soucek, one of many gamers Dean despatched off, additionally took to Twitter to supply his assist.

“Whatever decisions are made on the pitch should stay on the pitch,” tweeted the Czech midfielder.

“I don’t like hearing about it interfering with personal life and I send Mike Dean and his family my support. There is no place for abuse of any kind.”


Dean despatched off Soucek for catching Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic along with his elbow, days after dismissing Southampton defender Jan Bednarek at Old Trafford.

Dean reviewed the incidents on the pitchside monitor after consulting VAR earlier than making his selections.

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