The Premier League has appointed the one, the only, Mike Dean as the ‘man in the middle’ for this Sunday’s final home fixture of the season between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town.
Sunday 6 May 2018
Manchester City vs. Huddersfield Town
Kick off 13:30 BST
Live on TV within the UK on Sky Sports
Simon Bennett and Simon Long
Based in the Wirral (northwest of England), Dean, who celebrates his 50th birthday in June has been a so-called top-flight referee since the turn of the millennium.
Appointed as a FIFA listed official in 2003 the self-confessed Tranmere Rovers fan was forced to step down from taking charge of international matches ten years from appointment due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 45.
Mike Dean will have turned a few people off with that display… pic.twitter.com/Hk8a9272K0
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) August 26, 2017
Out of 28 domestic games in charge Mr Dean has brandished 104 yellow and four red cards.
Games involving MCFC
Sunday 3 December 2017
City 2-1 West Ham United
The four yellow cards were split evenly, with KDB and Gabriel Jesus entering the referee’s bad book.
Saturday 26 August 2017
Bournemouth 1-2 City
Mike’s cards were in and out of his pocket like grease lightening – AFCB players received five while City received a similar amount, including Raheem Sterling who, on the stroke of 90 minutes saw red.
Yellows – Vinny, Shark, Otamendi and David Silva.
Put simply, Mike Dean is renowned for being controversial, and so we wait with baited breath to see whether his reputation precedes him.
Come on CITY!