Dean at the Turf for first time since July
Mike Dean, who last refereed at Burnley for our home game against Wolves last season, is in charge tomorrow against West Bromwich Albion with his two previous Burnley games this season been the away Premier League fixtures at Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool.
Dean has been refereeing a long time. I’ve mentioned many times in these reports that his first Burnley game was the 2-2 home draw against Bournemouth in 1997 when both Chris Waddle and Eddie Howe scored goals and that Andy Cooke was the first Burnley player he ever yellow carded.
The first of those games was Manchester United v Southampton. Dean had already sent off Alexandre Jankewitz in the second minute and rightly so, but it was the late penalty decision, from which United scored their seventh in a 9-0 win, that caused the problems. I thought Dean got it wrong to award the penalty, my view is that Anthony Martial has conned him, but incredibly Scott backed up that decision and then recommended that Dean send off Jan Bednarek who had committed the non-foul.
Four days later, at Fulham, Dean saw an incident between Tomáš Souček (West Ham) and Aleksandar Mitrović ahead of a free kick. He might have had a word with Mitrović for the way he went down but sensibly saw there was nothing in it. Then in steeped Mason telling him about clenched fists and incredibly Dean sent off Souček.
Two games within four days, two red cards, both after VAR involvement and both rescinded after appeals to the FA. Dean got them both wrong. Ultimately he was responsible for those decisions but what happened next was totally unacceptable with Dean and members of his family receiving death threats.
He has refereed a cup tie since but having stood down last week, tomorrow will be his first Premier League game back. No matter how he performs tomorrow, be it good, bad or indifferent, one can only hope we are talking about the football and only football. It is so, so wrong for anyone to receive the sort of threats Dean and his family received.
Onto the game, and it’s not the first time he’s been at the Turf when we’ve been taking on a Sam Allardyce side and we all know about the one back in 2010 when Martin Olsson conned him. But Dean is a very good, experienced official, absolutely no doubt about that.
This season he’s refereed a total of 18 games which have seen 63 yellow and seven red cards including those three recent ones. Of those yellow cards, 29 have gone to home team players and 34 to away team players.
Andy Madley is fourth official tomorrow while Michael Oliver will be on VAR duty. Madley’s most recent Burnley game was against Fulham in the FA Cup at Craven Cottage and Oliver refereed our 3-0 win last Saturday at Crystal Palace
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Andy Madley
VAR: Michael Oliver
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan
Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean
|Season||Opponents||V||Res||Y||R||Burnley Players Carded|
|1998/99||Walsall||a||1-3||4||0||Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton|
|1999/2000||Wigan||h||0-0||5||0||Y: Johnrose, Thomas|
|2002/03||Bradford City||a||2-2||6||2||Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor|
|2003/04||Preston||a||3-5||4||0||Y: Blake, Gnohere, West|
|2003/04||Ipswich||h||4-2||3||0||Y: Chaplow, McGregor|
|2004/05||Blackburn||h||0-0||5||0||Y: Camara, Hyde|
|2005/06||Leeds||h||1-2||5||0||Y: Harley, Hyde|
|2005/06||Crystal Palace||h||0-0||4||0||Y: Harley, Branch|
|2007/08||Blackpool||h||2-2||2||0||Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell|
|2008/09||Sheffield United||W||1-0||4||2||Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes|
|2009/10||Arsenal||h||1-1||2||0||Y: Caldwell, Eagles|
|2009/10||Blackburn||h||0-1||5||0||Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff|
|2010/11||Leicester||a||0-4||3||0||Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey|
|2014/15||Crystal Palace||a||0-0||5||0||Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd|
|2014/15||Newcastle||a||3-3||6||0||Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd|
|2014/15||Arsenal||h||0-1||2||0||Y: Mee, Duff|
|2016/17||Southampton||a||1-3||3||0||Y: Defour, Marney|
|2017/18||Newcastle||h||1-0||3||0||Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski|
|2017/18||Manchester United||h||0-1||6||0||Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour|
|2018/19||Huddersfield||a||2-1||5||2||Y: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton R: Brady|
|2018/19||Cardiff||h||2-0||6||0||Y: Tarkowski, Barnes|
|2018/19||Arsenal||h||1-3||6||0||Y: Heaton, Barnes, Tarkowski, Lowton, Cork|
|2019/20||Manchester United||h||0-2||7||0||Y: Bardsley, Mee, Taylor, McNeil|
|2019/20||Bournemouth||h||3-0||7||0||Y: Bardsley, Lennon, Hendrick, Mee|