Date: 9th May 2012 at 4:05pm
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The Premier League have announced that Mike Dean will be at the controls for City’s 55th and final game of a pulsating season…

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
Referee: M Dean
Assistants: S Burt, A Garratt
Fourth Official: N Swarbrick
Match Delegate: S Barker
PGMO: J Worrall


Sir Alex Ferguson has selected Howard Webb for the rags last stand at Sunderland.

Sunderland v Manchester United
Referee: H Webb
Assistants: P Kirkup, M Mullarkey
Fourth Official: M Halsey
Match Delegate: M Blackbourne
PGMO: D Laws

This season has been memorable where referees are concerned for all the wrong reasons and this article in itself is indicative of how much rests upon the appointed card flourisher, such is the unfortunate notoriety in 2012 that comes with making unfathomable decisions.

You won’t find many Citizens of Planet Blue with bad words for Mr. Dean. Certainly not in this campaign. He’s widely regarded in the game as one of the best men in the middle. He has reffed City on 4 occasions this season. All at home and all resounding wins:

City 4 – 0 Swansea
City 3 – 0 Stoke
City 3 – 0 Fulham
City 2 – 1 Chelsea

Dean’s record this season is 42 games, 143 yellow and 4 red cards.

Meanwhile…

You won’t find many Stretfords in the Home Counties with bad words for Mr. Webb, either…

So far this season he’s looked after United 5 times, his Chelsea penalty double being noteable.

Utd 8 – 2 Arsenal
QPR 0 – 2 Utd
Newcastle 3 – 0 Utd
Chelsea 3 – 3 Utd
Blackburn 0 – 2 Utd

Webb’s record this season is 46 games, 154 yellow and 5 red cards.

– For the record fellow conspiracy theorists, Webb has officiated 5 City games this season. The Blues have won 4 and drawn 1.


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