Mike Dean: Referee to miss Premier League matches after 'death threats following West Ham game'
Mike Dean was at the centre of controversy this weekend following his decision to send off Tomas Soucek when West Ham played Fulham. Dean has now reportedly been subjected to death threats and has opted not to referee any Premier League matches this coming weekend.
Tomas Soucek of West Ham appeals to match referee Mike Dean after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on February 06, 2021 in London, England.
Published 08/02/2021 at 14:47 GMT | Updated 08/02/2021 at 14:47 GMT
Referee Mike Dean has decided not to officiate at any Premier League games this weekend after he and his family received death threats following recent controversial red card decisions, media reported on Monday.
Dean was criticised after he sent off Southampton defender Jan Bednarek during their 9-0 defeat at Manchester United last Tuesday and West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek during Saturday's 0-0 draw away to Fulham.
Bednarek was sent off for a last-man challenge on United forward Anthony Martial, while Soucek was dismissed after appearing to accidentally elbow Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the face.