Mike Dean, Premier League referee, gets death threats for controversial decisions

Mike Dean, Premier League referee, gets death threats for controversial decisions

- Mike Dean has asked to be excused from the next Premier League games

- This comes after the English referee got death threats for his officiating

- Dean offended some people for his decision to red card Tomas Soucek

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Premier League referee Mike Dean has told the authorities in charge of refereeing in the English football not to include his name in the list for the coming weekend's games in the EPL.

Mike Dean was forced to make this decision after himself and family received death threats from unknown people who were unhappy with his choice of awarding a red card to West Ham United star Tomas Soucek.

Dean showed West Ham's Tomas Soucek a red card in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Fulham for appearing to raise his elbow into the face of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Despite being urged to check the VAR properly before making his decision, the Englishman still gave the 25-year-old defensive midfielder his marching orders.

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According to the report on Daily Mail, Dean and his wife together with their two daughters have gotten death threats and he has reported the issue to the police.

West Ham United chiefs also appealed Mike Dean's decision to send Tomas Soucek out of the game and the red card has been cancelled.

Mike Dean was also in charge of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Southampton in which two players of the Saints were red carded at Old Trafford.

Dean began refereeing in 1985 and he progressed to officiate in the Northern Premier League as a referee becoming a Football League assistant referee in 1995 and being promoted to the full referees' list in 1997.

Mike Dean in action in the Premier League.
Mike Dean, Premier League referee, gets death threats for controversial decisions. Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Gary Neville singled out David de Gea for blame following Man United's disappointing 3-3 draw against Everton at Old Trafford.

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United surrendered a 2-0 advantage during the Saturday night, February 6, clash to allow the visitors to restore parity.

The Red Devils took control of the tie into the break after goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes only for Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez to draw Everton level shortly after the second half.

Scott McTominay appeared to have nicked it for the hosts with a powerful header in the 70th minute but Everton struck late via Dominic Calvert-Lewin to take a point from home.

The Englishman found the back of the net with almost the last kick of the match, with De Gea allowing him the chance to score after he opted to stay on his line.

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