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Mike Dean is tonight’s referee. He’s one of the longest serving referees and he will be refereeing Burnley for a 32nd time tonight.

It will be his second Burnley game of the season and it is fair to say he didn’t have the best of days at St. Mary’s when he took charge of our game against Southampton.

By then he’d already established a reputation as the penalty referee, having given some dubious ones in previous games, particularly with pushing and shoving in the box, but in this game he missed a clear penalty for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, then wrongly gave one against Gudmundsson before giving us the softest of penalties.

If you look back at Dean’s Burnley games over the years you will find outstanding performances and some not so good. Two seasons ago he didn’t bother with pushing and shoving at all and ridiculously allowed two West Brom goals on the Turf, both of which should have been disallowed, and our new academy head of recruitment Nicky Law will certainly remember the day when he refereed our 2-2 draw at Bradford City and sent off two of their players amidst accusations that Dimitri Papadopoulos was diving all over the place.

We all still remember the penalty he gave Blackburn on the Turf back in 2010, a shocking decision, but he’s also had his good days. He turned in an outstanding performance in the cup tie at West Brom in 2009 and we’d certainly no complaints at Wembley a few months later nor the way he dealt with the chicken and Blackburn Rovers at Ewood in 2014.

Last week, because of poor performances, he was relegated to the Championship and took charge of the game between Barnsley and Leeds at Oakwell where he astonishingly gave a penalty for handball despite the offence clearly being outside the box and with the assistant referee perfectly placed to advise him. It was the first time he’d refereed in the Football League this season but, despite his poor game, he’s returned to the Premier League for tonight’s game.

There were seven yellow cards in that game at Barnsley which has taken his card count for the season to 87 yellows and five reds in twenty games. Forty of those yellow cards have been shown to home team players with 47 to away team players. Two of the five players sent off were home players and the second of those, his last red card, was West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli against Manchester United and that was overturned.

Mike Dean remains in second place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 81.14. There was a time when I was delighted to see him allocated a Burnley game but he has made a string of really bad decisions this season.

The assistant referees are Ian Hussin (Merseyside) and Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire). The fourth official is Paul Tierney (Wigan) who has refereed our home games this season against Hull and Southampton.

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Bournemouthh2-230
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2009/10Tottenhamh4-200
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
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